Friday, February 20, 2009

Winter Ice Skating May Be Coming To Roosevelt Island Next Year, FDR Memorial Construction Phasing and Other Notes From 2/19 RIOC Board Meeting


At last night's RIOC Board Hearing, RIOC President Steve Shane reported that the operators of the Bryant Park Skating Rink have expressed an interest in setting up a facility on Roosevelt Island.

Image of Bryant Park Skating Rink from Time Out NY

The Roosevelt Island location for the Skating Rink mentioned was Firemen's Field.

Image of Firefighters Field from Bridge and Tunnel Club

I think a better place for a skating rink would be the southern tip of Southpoint Park which has these fantastic views of the NYC Waterfront and Skyline but is the controversial site of the proposed Kahn/FDR Memorial Boondoggle.

The supporters of the Kahn/FDR Memorial gave a presentation at last night's RIOC Board Meeting on their proposed construction phasing and of course they said that they had to build the granite room first despite the overwhelming objections of Roosevelt Island residents as expressed in the referendum held last November. (830 votes in favor of building the park before the granite room memorial and 247 against the resolution)

Some good news is that the RIOC Board will have another vote sometime this summer, probably in June, on the proposed construction phasing so there is still an opportunity to stop this unwanted and out-of-date project. Also, approvals/permits still need to be obtained from the NY State Department of Conservation, the Army Corp of Engineers, Coast Guard, NYPD, Homeland Security among many others, and there is time to register our objections with these agencies. Much more on this soon.

Other highlights of the RIOC Board meeting include:
  • approving the deferral of certain payments due from Hudson/Related, developers of Riverwalk Buildings 5 & 6, due to slow condo sales and rentals
  • approving of the building renovation for the Public Safety Department and
  • disclosure of a "temporary" parking lot for the customers of the Roosevelt Island Tennis Club to be located adjacent to the Riverwalk Sales Office in Southtown during the time of the Tram outage.
The web cast of the 2/19 RIOC Board of Directors Meeting is available here. The Kahn/FDR Memorial construction phasing presentation is the last item on the agenda

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

What a fantastic idea, I hope that resident's get the opportunity to purchase a membership at a discount for the season! I hope they use real ice and not the polymer they used at the Museum of Natural History which I found the worst!!

Anonymous said...

What a fantastic idea, I hope that resident's get the opportunity to purchase a membership at a discount for the season! I hope they use real ice and not the polymer they used at the Museum of Natural History which I found the worst!!

Anonymous said...

On behalf of the Roosevelt Island Disabled Association and it's many disabled members we want to voice our opposition The Kahn/FDR Memorial to be built at the South tip of Roosevelt Island. Especially,in it's oresent form.
President Roosevelt was disabled by Polio before he was elected President of the United States and used a wheelchair almost exclusively. A statue of President Roosevelt Roosevelt sitting in a wheelchair would be most appropiate here on an Island where many disabled people reside,both in apartments and in the two chronic care hospitals. The memorial, as shown in the artist's sketches shows various high walls of concrete and stone which will obstruct the beautiful Manhattan skyline and nowhere is there a statue of our disabled President, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt,depicted in a wheelchair
so that disabled people for years to come could visit and be proud
Roosevelt Island Disabled Association Board of Directors and it's members

Steven Block said...

Back in 1994(maybe 93?) there was a weird weather pattern where snow would keep melting and freezing again. This resulted in thick sheets of ice. As a result, my sister and I were able to put on our skates and skate on the old soccer field where mainstreet divided. I recently took a trip back to see where I grew up and noticed a building there now. I'm wondering if we were the only two people to ever ice skate on Roosevelt Island.