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Friday, February 8, 2013

Roosevelt Island Tram Operating On Normal Schedule During Snowstorm Tonight, Until Further Notice - Share Your Pictures of Snowy Roosevelt Island

A Roosevelt Island resident asked earlier today:

do we have an estimate as far as how long the tram will be running tonight? Just worried about getting home from work with the trains not running regularly.
I asked Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Acting President Don Lewis about today's Tram schedule and just received this RIOC advisory:
Please be advised Tram service is currently operating on its normal schedule and will remain so until conditions deem it necessary to discontinue service. Tram personnel are tracking the progress of the storm closely and will discontinue service if conditions become too severe to operate the Tram safely.

We will send out an advisory immediately if weather conditions warrant a discontinuation of service.


Roosevelt Island Operating Corp Advisories Group
If you have pictures of a snowy Roosevelt Island to share, just send them in or place in comment section.

Stay warm inside or have fun in the snow.

UPDATE 5:30 PM - Been advised that the Roosevelt Island New York Junior Tennis League:
Early Morning Program will be CLOSED due to inclement weather tomorrow morning. We will be OPEN on Sunday. 
and RIOC reports:
...all programs scheduled after 7 PM tonight at the Sportspark facility have been canceled. The facility will close promptly at 7 PM.


Mark Lyon said...

Peter Digilio said...

Cars snowed in on Main St. in Southtown, not ticketed and not towed. PS paper tiger, except for teens??? Why bother to post procedures if you aren't going to follow them.

Frank Farance said...

Yeah, I got a ticket, I was carrying stuff up that was too big to haul from Motorgate. After I drove away I saw all the Southtown cars unticketed. I've complained to Public Safety recently about the uneven parking enforcement. Here was my E-mail of January 29:

Director Guerra-

Friday night it snowed, I had fallen down stairs in the snow that night, so I didn't have the energy to move the car to the Motorgate. Saturday morning, I came out to get the car, I was the only one with a ticket (with snow pushed away on the windshield to inspect the dashboard), meanwhile all the other cars on Main Street did not have tickets and did not have snow pushed away to inspect their dashboards. Many of those cars had neither parking tickets nor placards. I took pictures. Yes, my parking permit had expired. But why did Public Safety officers only have an interest in inspecting and ticketing my car?

To be clear, my complaint isn't that I received a parking ticket, my complaint is that it was done unevenly with no one else getting parking tickets.

Can you explain?

CheshireKitty said...

I would fight this ticket in court - I think you have a case that since it was a snow emergency and the snow was pushed up to the parked cars, it was nearly impossible to move the car. Further, you have proof that other similarly trapped cars were not ticketed - the photos. It's common sense that the snowed-in cars should not have been ticketed, since they were snowed in due to the snowstorm plus the town snowplows pushing the snow up to the parked cars, but if PS felt it had to ticket the cars despite this, then all the trapped cars should have been ticketed. If not, then none of them should have been ticketed. I doubt if your ticket will hold up in court.

westviewgirl said...

my friend that lives in Southtown and parks on the street all the time as Motorgate is so far away from those living South on the island, and she spent a small fortune feeding the meter so her car could stay parked and would not be towed for two days during the storm. Is it possible Frank that the cars you saw south of you were legally parked and avoided a ticket that way? I get tired of people jumping on the " southtown " blame train. I doubt you were singled out Frank and ticketed for being ticketed's sake. PSD is right here at our buildings and you had to know you would be ticketed if PSD walked by the cars. Paying market rate for apartments or buying a condo is not a crime nor should people be scorned or berated for living in southtown. I get tired of hearing about the mean old people that live in Southtown, or the rich people that live in Southtown. Most i know are hard working people that work very very hard, refuse to apply for public housing as they want to pay their own way in life and some even have two jobs to afford to pay their rent and take care of their families.
Mitchell Lama and section 8 and affordable housing people seem to have some kind of animosity or envy of some of the people that live in the newer buildings. I do not unstand this, some form of class envy maybe, or desire to maybe live in one of the new buildings. Go for it, fill out an application and move in, but please please know that livng in Southtown does not make one a tyrant, or a horrible person to be verbally attacked as i have heard over and over again by those that live in Northtown all the time. This is getting old people.

westviewgirl said...

if Mr Farance was parking to carry things up and then came down and drove away, he was not snowed in then, plus those cars in Southtown have to feed meters to stay parked all day or night. Do not assume anything in life, never assume anything.

Frank Farance said...

westviewgirl: Please re-read: "To be clear, my complaint isn't that I received a parking ticket, my
complaint is that it was done unevenly with no one else getting parking
tickets.". It's not about Southtown vs. Northtown thing, it is about a half dozen cars on both sides of my car (in Northtown) not being ticketed. Simply, if they're going to ticket one car, they should ticket all cars; and if they're going to give a break to some cars (for whatever reason), they should do it for all; i.e., enforcement should be even.

CheshireKitty said...

I think you're going overboard with your defensiveness about the population of Southtown vs Northtown, or, market-rate vs. regulated-rate tenants. If left unchecked, capitalism has and will produce huge, and shameful, housing disparities such as the acres of LES slums that at the beginning of the last century, gave the impetus to housing reforms and building codes. Capitalism means those who either "make it" or "inherit it" (such as those living off of a trust fund) live in large comfortable homes, whereas those who may be unable to work - due to old age, disability, or inability to find work - due to obstacles such as racism, the language barrier, and the persistently high unemployment rate - are forced to live in subsidized apts. I refer you to the extremely exploitative and unhealthy situation in housing which led to the building codes and eventually to the development of public housing projects, as well as Mitchell-Lama developments, as the explanation for why these socially progressive housing efforts need to exist. The fact is most people in NYC are not rich; thus, the poor or moderate-income majority does have the power of the vote even if it does not have the power of concentrated wealth, as the rich minority has. Even a lawmaker who has shown herself to be a lap-dog of the plutocrats' Mayor Bloomberg, Christine Quinn, is now saying that she intends to build 40,000 units of middle-class housing. Notice: Not 40,000 units of market-rate/luxury rentals or condos such as those constructed at Southtown - Quinn says she'll build 40,000 units of *middle-class apartments similar to Mitchell-Lama developments* with tax breaks for developers. There is widespread revulsion in NYC at those that invade relatively humble neighborhoods, drive up land values in order to sell or rent luxury apartments at a premium, and in the process drive out the existing humble/poor/middle-class population. The developers are certainly the villains of this scenario - but once they've done their dirty deed, they are gone, leaving only the yuppies that remain as targets of the remaining middle-class and poor residents' lingering and quite understandable resentment. So, the issue isn't Southtown vs Northtown, or luxury vs public housing. It's that the rich become symbols of the system, with no "redeeming" qualities. If the trend continues, you might see the rise of apt chateaux - and eventually a duchess one day dismissing the poor crowded into substandard housing with a "let them eat cake" which in our time of cheap, plentiful food would translate into "let them move to the Midwest, where land prices are cheaper". We all know what finally happened to the pampered royal who uttered the infamous throw-away line about cake. So the excesses of the rich are from time to time, corrected. In our time, the corrections to the system are effected through enlightened legislation -as with building codes and allocations for the construction of public or affordable housing, such as what even Ms. Quinn is advocating - rather than through the more dramatic ways occasionally seen elsewhere.

westviewgirl said...

there is only one market rate aparatment building in southtown. that is bldg 405 I think it is by the tram, which from what I have been told is having people move out each month leaving apartments empty because Related keeps going up and up on the rents and people refuse to stay and pay...I am sure that Cornell will buy that bulding only to make it faculty housing one day is also what I am hearing. Also, in building 415, 425, 455, 465 and 475 that as many as 300 or more units belong to Weill Cornell? I do not think many are aware of fact, 464 and 475 all of each bldg belogs to NYU or Weill Cornell already. NYU is buying up more and more of 425 as well.
It is moslty middle class that live in the rest of the units...a few condo belong to some rich upper class folk, but not many. In time, I am sure that Cornell will try to buy up the whole island and move all of us out, only to have the island populated by the very rich students and their families paying for their rents and what have you.
Rivercross and Island house as well as the other buildings will one day be market rent I believe as well. All of NYC has rich, poor, black, white, hispanics, middle class, and disabled living in all the different neighborhoods, RI should be no different.
No elite folks here, just the same as the rest of the city and state. I just notice that a lot of m friends and people I know always seem to have a lot to say about those that live south of Blackwell house, and I do not understand it. Most do not even know anyone that lives there, but they sure have a lot to say. It seemed like he was saying that he got a ticket but nobody in southtown did. I thought, ok, here we go again.
You know there are very rich people that live in Rivercross that I know, and they have more of a attitude that those that live in the newer buildings...I remember all the island trying to stop Related from building here a few years back, and I guess some are just mad and angry they could not stop them.
oh well, you out to check out the rents in LIC and over in AStoria what is happening there, you would lay an egg, the rents are high, much higher than the market rates at 405 Main street, the building that Related owns and rents out

CheshireKitty said...

Well, I don't disagree with most of what you write. If Southtown isn't rent-stabilized or in some other program, then it's market-rate. True that some of the buildings are owned/leased by various hospitals and they in turn lease apts at a discount to employees. However, these apts are leased only to certain categories of employees - such as docs, nurses, post-docs. The "peons" - meaning the majority of workers in hospitals - do not get into these buildings. And the folks that do get in, a large percentage isn't exactly middle-class (docs). Yes, I agree - the ed institutions - Cornell - will probably wind up buying the whole enchilada one day, which would be wonderful for Related, since at that point they could just bow out and leave ST/RI.

Janet Falk said...

FYI NYU bought 58 units in 425 and I live in one of them for five years. Some of the units were not purchased by NYU faculty and have been sold on the open market. So, it is unlikely that NYU will comprise a larger percentage of the Southtown population.

As for Cornell, the graduate students who will enroll in the Cornell tech programs will be here for two years for a master's degree program. Very few will buy a condo for that short a time period. It is more likely that Cornell faculty will buy apartments, but they will likely have an option to live on their own campus in a new unit, as compared to one 8-10 years old in Southtown. Which do you think they will prefer?

Stop exaggerating and unnecessarily raising alarms.

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