Thursday, January 5, 2012

Winter's Here, Roosevelt Island Fruit Stand Gone Until Spring - Fear Of Scurvy Outbreak Grips Roosevelt Island?

Received this question from a Roosevelt Island Resident:
The fruit stand by the subway is gone. Does it always disappear at this time of year? I only moved to RI last year, so I don't know whether this is the usual pattern.

I fear an outbreak of scurvy on the island.
Here's the empty space where the Fruit Stand was located.

I asked Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Vice President of Operations Fernando Martinez last Tuesday:
Reader asked me today about the Fruit stand being gone from subway area.

Is this for the same reason as last year - license expired and will be back in spring? Or some other reason?

Mr. Martinez replied:
The fruit stand permit ran through December 31, 2011. The vendor may return when the weather improves, say March.
The resident is happy the Fruit Stand will return but worries about health for next few months.
Thanks. It’s comforting to know the fruit will likely return. But in the meantime, I suspect the healthiness of my diet will go down the tubes.
One of the first signs of spring will be the return of the Roosevelt Island Subway Fruit Stand.

RIOC is currently evaluating its street and mobile food vendor permitting process as reported in these previous posts.