Sunday, January 27, 2013

Report From Acting RIOC President Don Lewis - Roosevelt Island Playground Safety, Preparation For New Public Library At 504, Boat Sculpture Renovation, Maintenance At Southpoint Park And Tram Station Canopy Installation

Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Acting President Don Lewis sends the following report to Roosevelt Island residents.
Old Man Winter has indisputably arrived. As we all know, it has been absolutely frigid the last few days and current forecasts are calling for potential for heavy snow accumulation starting Friday. RIOC is well-prepared to keep the streets and sidewalks clean and our residents, business owners and visitors safe. Sign up at for our advisories concerning the weather and other important Island information.

Playground Safety

We were recently notified that the gate to Blackwell Playground was broken and that the swings were also in need of repairs. While we endeavor to timely provide requested repairs, when public safety is at stake, we act immediately. By the following day, the gate and swing were fixed and we had conducted an inspection of the entire playground.

If you see something that requires our attention – be it a pothole, z-brick, or park clean-up, please use our see-click-fix app at In the event that safety is at stake, please call us immediately at 212-832-4545.

504 Main Street to Get Interior Upgrade

Over the next few months, we will be conducting interior demolition at 504 Main Street, getting the space – both lower and upper floors – ready for new tenants: The Child School and the relocated New York Public Library.

Boat Sculpture Restoration

In 1995, a beautiful boat sculpture was installed just northwest of The Octagon. The sculpture opened to the public in 1997. We are in the process of conducting repairs to the exterior of the sculpture. We expect the work to be completed in the Spring.

Southpoint Park Gets Ready for Warmer Weather

Although it is the dead of winter, we are already preparing for the warm months ahead by making sure our parks and green spaces look better than ever for our residents and visitors. In furtherance of this objective, we are currently pruning, cleaning and conducting general maintenance at the seven-acre Southpoint Park.

Canopy Installation – Tram Service Disruption

As noted in RIOC's advisories, we recently commenced work on the canopy installation for the Tram Enclosure Project.

The work is being done on weekdays during off-peak hours from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday- Friday, and is expected to be completed on February 6th. During these times, Tram service will be suspended; however, Red Bus service will be provided from Roosevelt Island to Manhattan. The Tram will operate on a normal schedule during the weekend.