Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Cornell NYC Tech Vice President And Roosevelt Island Resident Cathy Dove Leaving Position And RI To Become President Of Paul Smith's College In The Adirondacks

Cornell NYC Tech Vice President and Roosevelt Island resident Cathy Dove

 Image of Cathy Dove From Crains NY Business

is leaving her position at Cornell to become President of Paul Smith's College. The Cornell Chronicle reports:
Cathy Dove, vice president of Cornell Tech in New York City, has been named the 10th president of Paul Smith’s College in the Adirondacks. The first female president of Paul Smith’s, she will begin her new position Sept. 1.

As vice president of Cornell Tech since 2012, Dove has been responsible for all administrative, operational, outreach, capital planning and construction functions for the campus currently under construction on Roosevelt Island and at its temporary location in Manhattan....
Cornell Provost Kent Fuchs adds:
Cathy has been a core part of Cornell Tech since its inception. She worked with me, Dean Dan Huttenlocher and a team of others at Cornell to form the unique vision of Cornell Tech and help make it a reality. In the 2 1/2 years since Cornell Tech was born, Cathy has worked with Dan, university leadership and our partners at The Technion to build a team on the ground in New York City that includes more than 50 faculty and staff. We’ve graduated two classes already with master’s degrees in engineering and computer science, and expect more than 100 students to be enrolled this fall as we add an MBA and master’s in information science to the program, and continue to get ready to move to our permanent Roosevelt Island home in 2017. That great team and all of these efforts, now years into this endeavor, will continue to build and innovate for many years to come. Cathy’s leadership helped insure that, and we are grateful for all she helped accomplish here.
Cornell NYC Tech Assistant Director of Government and Community Relations Jane Swanson told the Cornell Roosevelt Island Construction and Community Task Force last night about Ms. Dove leaving her position.

Here's Ms. Dove and Cornell President David Skorton (soon to be President of the Smithsonian Institution) in April 2012 about to attend their first Roosevelt Island Town Hall Meeting

Cornell Vice President Cathy Dove and President David Skorton Before Town Hall Meeting

and my interview with them about the Cornell NYC Tech Roosevelt Island project.

Ms. Dove was an excellent representative of Cornell to the Roosevelt Island community. She will be missed.

Best of luck to her in her new position.

China One Food Delivery Person Robbed Of $500 Responding To Fake Caller At Roosevelt Landings

According to the Roosevelt Island Daily Public Safety Report:

7/27/14 - 1509 - 510 Main St. - Robbery - PSD/NYPD conducted search with negative results. NYPD report filed.
Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Public Safety Department Director Jack McManus provides the following details. A take out order was called in to Roosevelt Island's China One restaurant

for delivery at Roosevelt Landings 510 Main Street on Sunday afternoon. When the food delivery person arrived with the order at the apartment given by the caller, the resident opening the door said that no such order was made. After the resident closed the door, the delivery person was confronted by two persons, one with a knife, and robbed of $500.

A NYPD spokesperson added that the two robbers approached the delivery person in the stairwell, were masked, took the food in addition to the $500 and that the delivery person was not hurt.

New York State Senator Jose Serrano Roosevelt Island Constituent Office Hours Today 4 - 7 PM At Senior Center

Roosevelt Island's NY State Senator Jose Serrano will be holding constituent office hours today on Roosevelt Island at the Seniors Center.

Image From Senator Serrano

Senator Serrano tweets:
Senator Serrano's office adds:
Senator Serrano's staff is available to assist you with a wide variety of issues, including, but not limited to, housing, health insurance, social security, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and much more. Please bring any pertinent paperwork you may have regarding the issue you wish to discuss.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Community Board 8 Speaks On Roosevelt Island Governance Issues - Ellen Polivy Interviews CB 8's Jeff Escobar & Larry Parnes On Unusual NY State And NY City Jurisdiction

 Image of Ms. Polivy, Mr Parnes and Mr Escobar From CB 8 Speaks

Roosevelt Island resident, Co- Chair of the Roosevelt Island Community Coalition (RICC) and Community Board 8 (CB8) member Ellen Polivy  interviewed Roosevelt Island Residents Association President (RIRA) Jeff Escobar and Community Board 8 member Larry Parnes on Roosevelt Island governance issues. Mr Escobar and Mr. Parnes are also Co-Chairs of CB 8's Roosevelt Island Committee.

Here's Ms. Polivy's CB 8 Speaks interview on Roosevelt Island governance with Jeff Escobar and Larry Parnes.

The CB 8 Speaks Roosevelt Island governance discussion was part 2 of the interview. Part 1 was a discussion of the Roosevelt Island Cornell NYC Tech project.

Code Is The New Literacy Says Roosevelt Island NYC Council Member Ben Kallos To Breakthrough New York Students - Build Apps That Will Change The World

Roosevelt Island and Upper East Side NYC Council Member Ben Kallos spoke last week to students at Breakthrough New York

about the importance of learning software coding language. Mr. Kallos told the students that:
... Code is the new literacy...
... you have the power to build apps that will change the world...
as well as the importance of a well rounded college education.

According to Breakthrough NY:
Breakthrough New York is a non-profit organization that transforms the lives of motivated, low-income students by preparing them for college so that they can succeed in the world.

I Am Breakthrough from Breakthrough New York on Vimeo.

Roosevelt Island Main Street Retail Update From Hudson Related, Good Shepherd Plaza Revitalization Plans, Proposed Southpoint Park Korean Pavilion & Cultural Center Refurbishment On Agenda For July 30 RIOC Real Estate Board Of Directors Meeting

A reader noted:

The three-year anniversary of Hudson/Related taking over the Main Street retail corridor is coming up. The agreement was signed August 11, 2011 retroactive to August 1, 2011....
and asked:
... if residents are generally happy or not with the progress in the last 3 years (renovation of the corridor, the opening of 3 new establishments, the upgrade of Gristedes, the closing of the hardware/video store, other stores that were rumored but never came to be, etc.). Also, if residents believe that Mr. Kramer's prior comments about "shock and awe" regarding the corridor have been realized.
 Hudson Related's David Kramer Pointing Towards The Future Of Roosevelt Island Retail In 2011

We may learn of new Main Street retail stores later this week when Hudson Related's David Kramer provides an update on leasing progress to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Board Of Directors Real Estate Advisory Committee. According to (RIOC):
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a meeting of the Real Estate Development Advisory Committee of the RIOC Board of Directors will be held on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. at Child School Gymnasium, 566 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, New York.


1. Discussion Regarding Main Street Retail and Update by Hudson/Related. (Certain portions of this update may
concern current negotiations and will be held in Executive Session);
2. Review and Discussion of Good Shepherd Plaza Revitalization Plans;
3. Discussion Regarding South Point Open Space Park Use and Features, Including Proposed Korean Pavilion;
4. Update on Cultural Center Refurbishment; and
5. Any Other Committee Business That May be Brought Before the Committee.


The Open Meetings Law of the State of New York requires that all public bodies conduct meetings, convened for the purpose of officially conducting public business, in a manner open to attendance by the general public to observe and listen.
Here's Mr. Kramer updating the January 12, 2014 RIOC Real Estate Advisory Committee

and video from the 2011 Retail Town Hall Meeting.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Reminder From RIOC, Roosevelt Island Tram Operator Leitner Poma Performing Tram Safety Inspections July 28 To August 8 - One Cabin In Use Weekdays, Two On Weekends

As reported July 23, the operator of the Roosevelt Island Tram, Leitner Poma,

will be conducting a comprehensive safety inspection of the Tram starting tomorrow, July 28. According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC):
As a reminder, the Roosevelt Island Tramway will be undergoing a comprehensive safety inspection from Monday, July 28th until Friday, August 8th. Leitner-POMA has issued the following service change:

Monday, July 28th to Friday, August 1st

Service every 15 minutes from each station from 6 AM- 2 AM.

Saturday, August 2nd & Sunday, August 3rd

Service will be provided with both cabins every 7.5 minutes from 7 AM to 10 PM.

Monday, August 4th to Friday, August 8th

Service every 15 minutes from each station from 6 AM- 2 AM.

Saturday, August 9th

Tram service will resume with both cabins at 6 AM.

For more information, please call 212-832-4559.

Thank you for your patience during this necessary work.


Roosevelt Island Operating Corp Advisories Group
Leitner - Poma explains the reason for the safety inspection.



Arial transportation systems require systematic inspection routines. Roosevelt Island Arial Tramway is a state of the art ropeway transportation system used for mass transportation in an urban environment. It is subject to New York State licensing and inspection process. In addition the tramways manufacture requires multiple layered inspection routines. Inspections and testing are done on a daily, weekly and monthly basis to assure safe and reliable service. A staff of approximately 25 members is employed using New York City based individuals. This staff is charged with the responsibilities of daily operation and maintenance. Most of the inspections and testing are accomplished by them.

However, higher level inspections and testing are performed to assure the design and engineering integrity are maintained. These inspections are performed by engineers, factory personnel and the local staff. These tests are complex and require longer periods of time than allowed during the normal shutdown.

The tram schedule during the inspection will be as follows;
Monday. July 28th. To Friday August 1st.... Tram service will be provided with one single cabin.
Saturday. August 2nd. And Sunday. August 3rd... The tram will resume service with both cabins.
Monday. August 4th. To Friday. August 8th... Tram service will be provided with one single cabin.
Saturday. August 9th. 06:00 AM... The tram will resume service with both cabins.

We appreciate your cooperation and understanding. Leitner‐ Poma of America

Roosevelt Island Aerial Tramway – Operators.
6 sqft has a brief history of the Roosevelt Island Tram:
... In the early 1970s, under the direction of the urban planner and visionary Edward J. Logue, the NYS Urban Development Corporation (UDC) created a model for a high-density, mixed-income urban community for the development of Roosevelt Island, necessitating a more efficient mode of transportation. In 1971 with the trolley tracks beyond repair, and the 63rd Street subway far from completion, the UDC hired Lev Zetlin Associates (LZA) to identify and design the future connection to the island. Award-winning structural engineer James O’Kon led the LZA team through a feasibility and design study, examining three alternate modes of transit including a ferry, elevator from the bridge and an air tram. The tram was selected with the intent for it to serve as a temporary solution for commuters while the 63rd Street subway was still under construction. However, as the completion schedule for the new subway line was continually pushed back, the air tramway’s popularity grew and it was later converted into a permanent facility....
Click here for the full article.