Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Roosevelt Island Cornell NYC Tech, Q102 Bus, Bicycle Sharing, Queensboro Bridge Access and Relocation of Goldwater Hospital Patients On Agenda For May 30 Community Board 8 Roosevelt Island Committee Meeting


The Manhattan Community Board 8 (CB 8) Roosevelt Island Committee will be meeting on Roosevelt Island Thursday May 30. According to CB 8:
Meeting Date:
Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 7:00pm
Meeting Location:
Manhattan Park
4 River Road, Community Room
Roosevelt Island, NY

Introduction of co-chairs and committee members.
Discussion of role of Community Board 8 and the formation and role of this committee
Review of recent island issues reviewed by CB 8 and its committees
(a) Cornell-Technion Project/Cornell-Technion Task force
(b) MTA Q102/ Transportation Committee
(c) Queensboro Bridge Bike Access/Transportation Committee
(d) CitiBank Bike Share Program/Transportation Committee
(e) Relocation of Goldwater Residents/Health, Seniors and Social Services Committee
Volunteers to be public member
Public Session – open discussion

Jeffrey Escobar and Laurence Parnes, Co-Chairs 
During May 21 Roosevelt Island Community Coalition (RICC) meeting updating residents on Cornell NYC Tech project (here's video of full meeting at Part 1 and Part 2), Community Board 8 Roosevelt Island Co-Chair Jeff Escobar reported 



on the CB 8 Roosevelt Island Committee goals and objectives.

55 comments :

YetAnotherRIer said...

Please lobby for getting a Citibike station here on this island. I really would like to stop throwing money at the MTA/RIOC for just taking the tram.

OldRossie said...

Agreed - I think it'll also help draw people to the island, support local businesses, etc. Take the tram over, take a ride around the island, stop for an ice cream...

Bill Blass said...

Yes the island will be getting bike lanes. A Thai restaurant.and a hamptons jitney bus stop

Bill Blass said...

Please
No way
We already have enought hipster b s on this island

OldRossie said...

Bring on the bikes, the trendy restaurants, the works. CheshireKitty has taught me all about gentrification - this sounds like a wonderful opportunity to bring some cash to this island and spice it up a bit!

Bill Blass said...

I will be running in the next rioc election. Vote for me i wii retake the island back from the hipsters.i will give the poor and low income a say on island issues

CheshireKitty said...

Bill: Don't bother: Anybody who wants to give the poor and low income a say on island issues is never appointed by the Governor to the RIOC Board.

CheshireKitty said...

No, no - you've got the hipster ethos all wrong! Not a Thai restaurant, but an organic, locally-sourced, fusion Thai restaurant, with moderate prices. No - not the Hamptons jitney; the Hamptons jitney is not in Williamsburg (yet)! Hipsters in Williamsburg, if they drive at all, probably drive "acceptable" fuel-efficient or electric powered vehicles. If they are not going to participate in some worthy cause on their vacation/adventures, they would likely shun the Hamptons, and instead drive to obscure N. Shore beaches away from the crowds of the tacky rich, perhaps seeking spiritual re-connection over a glass of locally produced, not really that bad, wine.

CheshireKitty said...

Haha - as if you are going to benefit from gentrification! Unless you're part of the developer crowd, you'll be exploited by artificially inflated housing prices just like the rest of the hipsters.

CheshireKitty said...

I'm sure we'll be getting bikeshare on the island - it's inevitable.


Just waiting for the equally inevitable "transformation" of the bikes at the hands of "creative" New Yorkers. The bikes are currently rolling billboards for Citibank - can just as easily become rolling billboards for artists..

Bill Blass said...

I will be asking ex pres.Jimmy carter to come to the island and watch over the elections

CheshireKitty said...

Maybe the tram should be sold to JP Morgan Chase - to save the State money. Imagine riding the JP Morgan tram - then hopping on the Citicorp bike. That's a nice privatized little world we'd have on RI.

CheshireKitty said...

Indeed - I wonder what Carter would say about the Technion coming to NYC, since he's so pro-Palestinian! Bill Blass - I think you should run for RIOC Board, on a pro-Palestinian, anti-Cornell, platform! Then bring in Carter to stump for you!

Bill Blass said...

To get the male hipster vote i will fight to get a strip club on the island so on Friday nites they can go there with their black am x credit card. And they can write the whole nite off. On their taxes

Bill Blass said...

Wow did not know it is not in willamsburg

OldRossie said...

With a little gentrification, maybe the island can be a little more diverse: converge the long term residents with the "hipster" crowd you refer to. Who knows what could happen!! Roosevelt Island could be... sorta like a melting pot!
so what the heck - Change is good. Bike sharing is done around the world, and finally came to NY. I think we islanders can be a LITTLE more open.


those that can't, should maybe find a more remote island...

CheshireKitty said...

Hahahaha... you outdid yourself Rossie! Let's have a melting pot - I'm all for it! Wasn't that the point of the GDP!? What you should do is ask Kramer to lobby Indelicato to reconsider her rejection of the GDP. That will completely take Indelicato aback, of course - Kramer suddenly showing concern for social problems. But if you can get through to Kramer and ask him to do just that, why, you might have a merry melting pot on RI, as it was intended to be!

I'm not opposed to the idea of bike share - just the privatization aspect of it, the fact that users will pay for the "privilege" of being turned into rolling Citicorp ads.


I'm for bikes but the bike program as it's been introduced is all wrong in that a system of fully protected limited bike lanes were not implemented. The bike lanes are mostly meaningless and the advantage is still with the motorist.

CheshireKitty said...

It isn't - yet. It's just a matter of time before it extends there.

Bill Blass said...

Hey i was walking on lex and 59 st. When i saw a few people from south town waiting for the hamptons jitney . This was Friday nite they were very upset that there is no jitney stop on the island
I told them if they give me a blank, check for my election run. I will get them a stop on the island. See already i know how this job works

CheshireKitty said...

Come on - that's punching below the belt! This is a very ethical island, there'll be no such establishments here! No such tureens of moral turpitude in our melting pot!

CheshireKitty said...

Hahahaha.. keep the comments coming Bill! The question is: Were they willing to back you? Or did they just give you a blank stare?! Did they even know there is such a thing as a RIOC election?! What is RIOC? A form of Ciroc!?

OldRossie said...

You know, that's actually a great idea. Same could be said for a lot of the aspects of public transportation around the city. Even if JPM wont buy it, it is great add space. Should do the same on subways and buses - anyone here ever travel to Hong Kong? great system, and much of it paid for by advertising. No one falling on the tracks on that island...


See! change can be good.

OldRossie said...

Bill and CK on the RIOC board... we're back to this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIjfMtFGn1U

Bill Blass said...

Are you nuts. I will lose the Jewish vote

CheshireKitty said...

That is correct! That is why Jimmy Carter is not the best politician to help you on RI! In fact, almost any politician (Dem - of course) other than Jimmy Carter, would help you on RI!

Bill Blass said...

I will begin on working on my elecion run . Frist i need to win the votes of the people of Eastwood. Eastwood is changing
That is why john liu will be coming to help me

CheshireKitty said...

You think the GDP - which mandated affordable housing in the housing mix - led to a slum? You'll find a lot of RC residents that disagree!

Bill Blass said...

For the hipster vote i will be giving free cup cakes from baked by melissa. To hipsters and their bratty kids uh

CheshireKitty said...

I know what you're driving at: Why stop at HK? Why not turn NYC into Singapore - basically a police state? Of course, it's spotlessly clean, and the trains run on time. Too bad many of the freedoms/rights we take for granted are either severely curtailed or non-existent there... "Freedom of Speech" "Freedom of Assembly" and trial by jury. Business, however, just loves Singapore.. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singapore#Government_and_politics

CheshireKitty said...

That's more like it - have your slogan: A vote for Bill is a vote for your Billions - stenciled on each cupcake. That should garner you the vote of the wealthy layer.

CheshireKitty said...

Liu? Why not Wiener? Notice that I'm refraining from any off-color jokes here - as none are necessary!

Bill Blass said...

Well if you know anything about the new hipsters moving into Eastwood.you will agree liu is the right pick

Bill Blass said...

I will be giving out free hot dogs on election day. I will ask Anthony wiener to give them out

CheshireKitty said...

Alright, alright, enough with the Wiener jokes.. Wiener is just behind Quinn anyway now in the polls - despite his peccadillo!

CheshireKitty said...

Liu doesn't have a chance IMO and his endorsement would mean zero. If Liu was unable to control his campaign finance staff, then how can he be expected to control City gov? Or, maybe he knew about the fundraising shenanigans - in which he's lying that he didn't know: In that case, either way, he's unethical.

CheshireKitty said...

OMG! Wiener has risen to the top of the polls among male Dem voters in NYC!!! What does that say about NYC men! http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/weiner-wins-male-voters-poll-article-1.1357005

YetAnotherRIer said...

I doubt you actually know what a hipster is.

mpresident said...

Best line from the urban dictionary comprehensive hipster definition " Anti-hipster sentiment often comes from people who simply can't keep up with social change and are envious of those who can."

CheshireKitty said...

I doubt it. IMO it comes from the same anti-capitalist, anti-developer, anti-Bloomberg source - even if the hipsters themselves may be anti-capitalist, anti-Bloomberg, and even, somehow anti-developer. The problem is with income inequality in US society.


Hipsters themselves may wonder: Why do they hate us? It's not so much that the moderate income people hate them as what they represent.


About 30 years ago, the term was yups for the "white" or moneyed invaders of areas - that are now completely transformed and upscale like Nolita and Tribeca. Usually artists arrive first, followed by obnoxious yups: The process of "urban renewal" orchestrated by developers - of course it all leaves out housing opportunities for the moderate income folks. You then end up with the annoying racial/economic homogeneity of areas like N. Williamsburg.

mpresident said...

If I learned my history correctly, the term yuppie was an acronym for "young urban professional" - I honestly see nothing wrong with being under 30, living in a city, and having secured professional employment. Doing much better than most my age!

YetAnotherRIer said...

And even you don't understand what a hipster and a yuppie is.

OldRossie said...

well said.

Though I think we'd all do well to ignore CheshireKitty altogether. She seems intent on starting debates about income and race (even religion, in some older posts). I don't think anyone else here (save for Bill's ramblings) is interested in supporting stereotyping or segregating people based on... well anything, really.

Bill Blass said...

You can not take a blue collar Guy and make him a hipster it has nothing to do with his willingness to change it is not in that persons d n a

OldRossie said...

missed the point on that one william...

CheshireKitty said...

I think he means a blue collar guy will never be a phony/hipster.

CheshireKitty said...

Well bully for you! Hope you enjoy your fun life! Many are not in that category - through no fault of their own!

CheshireKitty said...

Yet the de facto segregation exists. As I said, just walk around Berry, Bedford, any of the streets in N. Williamburg. Where is the integration there? We all should continually hit the developers in our posts - it is their greed that has divided our City.

I don't have a problem with religion if it isn't the hypocritical religion of yes, well, now that you've regretted your greed just go back to screwing your neighbors type of religion. None of the "religious" titans of business religiously attending services ever goes back to their corporate board to question the compensation policies at say, Wal-Mart, or Burger King. Make the top compensation at such corporations no more than 15x that of the lowest compensation. Hah. Does anyone really think that will ever happen? Greed is the name of game. Religion is window-dressing for these "religious" types.


Didn't I quote the great man who said ".....it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God". Think about that. The rich, as long as they remain focused on wealth, can't enter the kingdom of God. What exactly does this mean?


You seem to have a line on economics, race, and religion, Rossie. Explain to us what this great man meant when he said that.

CheshireKitty said...

Hahahaha... OK! Why don't you define it? Since you seem to know so much about it!

Bill Blass said...

Of cause
That's what i Meath

Bill Blass said...

Its very sad .that the old people no longer can sit out side their building on warm days. Its the new island.

Bill Blass said...

Yes bring a dominique ansel bakery so hipsters can pay 5 dollars for a donut

Westviewer said...

Why, that's almost as bad as $4.50 for a tres ordinaire cupcake from our existing Sweet Shop.

CheshireKitty said...

I think they're keeping the corner "green-house style" enclosed areas, which include seating. So at least that is left. We'll see if Kramer drops his cutesy idea of RI-shaped uncomfortable-looking bench seating. He would do us all a favor by including standard benches, maybe within the now empty alcoves.

Bill Blass said...

The only seating lefe is in front of 560

Mark Lyon said...

If I remember correctly, there will be new seating installed once the scaffolding comes down.