Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Will Roosevelt Island Meditation Steps Remain Decrepit and in Disrepair for Rest of Year? - Not Looking Good for Those Who Enjoy Waterfront From the Meditation Steps

An update on this post from last week showing the decrepit condition of Roosevelt Island's Meditation Steps:

Image of Holes In Meditation Steps

I inquired of Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Vice President of Operations Fernando Martinez:
...the Meditation Steps are in need  of a great deal of repair with holes currently in the planks in many places (See pictures in link). When will they be repaired?

With the nice weather and summer coming quickly, Meditation Steps is a prime Roosevelt Island location and used by many people to relax. Also, there is a RIRA sponsored Cherry Blossom Festival for the victims of the Japanese earthquake scheduled for April 30 in the vicinity of Meditation Steps. The current condition of the Steps will not give a very good impression of Roosevelt Island to residents and visitors alike who come for the event.

Any comment on the condition of the Meditation Steps and when they will be repaired.
Mr. Fernandez replied:
We have ordered wood to repair the meditation steps.  It is our plan to completely renovate the entire area, late this year or early 2012.
Here's some more of the deplorable condition of the Meditation Steps.

A couple of days ago RIOC put tape all the way around Meditation Steps blocking access to it.

From Mr. Fernandez's statement, I am not quite sure when the steps will be repaired. Does "we have ordered wood" mean that it will be fixed soon, or does "our plan to completely renovate the entire area, late this year or early 2012." mean that fixing the holes in Meditation Steps will wait until winter?


GJV said...

Sounds like the wood was ordered to patch up the steps as quickly as possible, while a complete restoration of the steps will take place later.

Any word on the schedule for upgrading the Roosevelt Island and Manhattan tram stations?

Anonymous said...

I agree with GJV. Wood has been ordered to fix the steps and later this year or next year the RIOC is going to renovate the entire area. I wonder, though, what causes the steps to fall apart like this so easily? It can't be just wind and weather. Vandalism?

Mike G. said...

I walked by this morning, and it looks like all the rotten spots are patched. The tape is down.

I'm guessing the "2012" date is for a more thorough refurbishment, but it looks like the steps are back in business now.

Gregor said...

Thanks RIOC!

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