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Friday, July 4, 2008

Normal F Train and Tram Service for Roosevelt Island This Weekend And Other Things To Do


You tube video of 2006 Macy's Fouth of July Fireworks from Southpoint Park Roosevelt Island

MTA reports normal F train subway service to and from Roosevelt Island this weekend and the Tram is operating on a regular basis as well although I expect it will be much more crowded than usual due to the 4th of July Fireworks extravaganza at Southpoint Park this evening.
In addition to the Fireworks tonight, there are plenty of things to do this weekend in New York including a free concert by the New York Philharmonic on July 5 at Governors Island and a weekend of Yankee/ Red Sox games (Go Yanks - I'll be there on Saturday).

Image of Lou Pinella/Carlton Fisk 1976 collision from daily press

There's also the 28.5 mile Marathon Manhattan Swim around the entire island of Manhattan on July 5. For more things to do this weekend, check out New York Post and Newyorkology

23 comments :

Begona & Mike said...

This was our first July 4th on Roosevelt Island (we moved here in May) and we invited family to come and enjoy the festivities at Southpoint Park.

The celebration was great, but the utter chaos at the end of the event was frightening. No information, no coordination, nobody seemed to care that everyone was trying to leave and get off the island all at once.

I'm not sure if the crowd last night was bigger than anticipated, because nothing we had seen prior to the event gave any indication as to the mob scene that it would be attempting to leave. Thank goodness we were able to spot the "residents only" line at the Subway (which I had never seen publicized anywhere before), which allowed our family to get off the island without having to wait several hours in a disorganized unruly line of people. Yes there were some helpers in orange shirts outside the subway, but the best they could do was scream at people who were trying to cut the line.

How can the subway station handle a nonstop flow of people onto the platform with our access to the train already limited by construction? Very dangerous situation down there.

I also hope that the tram - which was filled to capacity - was stress-tested to handle that repeated one-way load. That can't be good for the tram.

There should be - at the very least - some kind of instructions provided when purchasing the tickets about exiting the island after the event. There should also be some other activities to do while waiting for the crowds to clear out following the event.

Happy 4th!

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craig said...

when we went to the mermaid parade, the police simply opened the service gates and let people through for free and avoided a crush like that...

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