Sunday, December 26, 2010

How Is Roosevelt Island Handling The 2010 Day After Christmas New York City Blizzard- Looks Like A Winter Wonderland - Tram Information Unavailable From RIOC Hot Line But Red Bus Operating


You Tube Video Of Mayor Bloomberg Discussing 12/26/10 Blizzard

How is Roosevelt Island handling the Day After 2010 Christmas blizzard? I have heard reports of thunder and lighting accompanying the Roosevelt Island snowstorm but am out of town right now so don't know how everyone is coping back home.

Roosevelt Island resident Jason Eng took this picture of the Riverwalk Lawn facing the East River and NYC skyline.

Image From Jason Eng

Sure makes Roosevelt Island look like a winter wonderland.

At 10 PM I called RIOC's Roosevelt Island Tram Hotline phone number (212-832-4555) to find out if it was operating during the blizzard. I received a pre-recorded message advising that today, November 30, the Tram will have it's grand opening celebration. Not very helpful to have out of date information on the Tram Hotline phone number.

However, I received better service from RIOC's Red Bus Hotline phone number (212-832-4558). A live person answered the phone after only a couple of rings and advised that the Red Bus was operating but on a much slower schedule due to the weather.

UPDATE 12/27 10:35 AM - Just received the following advisory from RIOC:
Due to the snow storm, the RIOC Main office will be closed today.  The RIOC Facilities and Grounds crews are working to clear the street and sidewalks.  The Tram will operate today on a 15 minute schedule.  The RIOC Red Bus will operate with limited service.

For information on the F train or Q102, please refer to the MTA website:  http://mta.info/
UPDATE 9 PM - Roosevelt Island Public Safety Director Keith Guerra adds:
What a crazy day. Well, as you could see from the Advisories, the RIOC Staff has been hard at work, clearing streets and sidewalks. Tram service has been ongoing. Our PSD Officers and Supervisors (including the Captain) have been working double shifts to cover for those who live further out and could not make it in. In addition to covering their normal posts, they are also covering the Tram and the Ramp. Hopefully, the storm is behind us for good, and with some warmer weather, we can get back to some normalcy.

The only advice I can give is if people don't have to go out, they should remain in the comforts of their homes. If they need to venture out, please be careful.
Roosevelt Island Historical Society President Judy Berdy sends in these sights from the Day After Christmas 2010 Blizzard on Roosevelt Island.





Here's the 2010 Day After Christmas Blizzard represented in time lapse photography - 20 hours in 40 seconds.


December 2010 Blizzard Timelapse from Michael Black on Vimeo.

35 comments :

Anonymous said...

The "Roosevelt Island snowstorm"? How cute...

Anonymous said...

The tram seemed to be operating on a normal schedule on Sunday, but there were problems with getting the cabin doors to close properly. I tried to take the tram back from Manhattan after 1AM last night, but they weren't able to close the doors. I had to walk to the subway station, and waited over 45 minutes for an F train.

Judith Berdy said...

After trekking to the subway in Manhattan, I was glad to be in the
land of civilized snow removal. At 11a.m. Monday, the MTA had cleaned all the snow from around the RI Subway station. That was a first and most appreciated. This afternoon everything was passable and it was great to be home where
snow is still fun. Hope the kids
have fun making snowmen in the parks!

Thanks to all our bousing staffs,
RIOC an everyone who does the real work!!

Judith Berdy

Anonymous said...

Thanks to the RIOC Maintenance & Grounds Crews, and PSD Officers who came to work to take care of our island.

jane said...

I've been to Manhattan and Queens in the aftermath of this storm. In a city where apparently large stretches of Queens Blvd are characterized as a "side street" (a.k.a. in desperate need of a plow on Tuesday AM) and the snowbanks at main crosswalks in Manhattan are 2-3 ft high, I'm very grateful to have started my trek at RI. Really impressed with how safe and clear the streets and sidewalks have been. I know it took a lot of people working really hard in tough conditions to make that happen. Thank you all!

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