Friday, July 4, 2014

No Live Macy's July 4 Fireworks Celebration Viewing Available From Roosevelt Island - Weather Permitting, RIOC Firefighters Field July 4 Community Celebration With Fireworks Simulcast TV Viewing And Other Activities

Happy July 4 Independence Day.

 Image From RIOC

As previously reported:
... As a reminder, visibility of the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks will be extremely limited on Roosevelt Island due to the show's location near the Brooklyn Bridge. There are no designated viewing locations available on Roosevelt Island....
 Image From Conserveturtles

Depending on today's weather, the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) will provide a July 4 Community celebration at Firefighters Field this evening. According to RIOC:
Roosevelt Island residents are invited to a free community celebration at Firefighter’s Field, Friday, July 4th at 7 PM. Join us for fantastic activities including karaoke, music, prizes, and a live simulcast screening of the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks show live from the Brooklyn Bridge on a large outdoor screen!

All activities will be provided free of charge; food and beverages will be available for purchase. Residents are welcome to bring a blanket or a lawn chair and join in the fun with friends and family.

This event is weather sensitive; an advisory will be issued in case of cancellation.

Presented by The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC).


Roosevelt Island Operating Corp Advisories Group
RIOC adds:
On July 4th, visitor parking at the Motorgate Garage will be limited to a maximum of 400 spaces to ensure adequate parking for residents and those with a monthly permit. Residents without a monthly access card should be prepared to show proof of residency when entering the garage. As a reminder, visibility of NYC's July 4th fireworks display will be extremely limited. There are no designated viewing locations available on Roosevelt Island.


Roosevelt Island Operating Corp Advisories Group
Here's the June 25 RIOC Operations Advisory Committee (full audio web cast) meeting discussion of preparations for the Roosevelt Island July 4 celebration starting with presentation by RIOC President Charlene Indelicato

and then RIOC Community Relations Specialist Erica Spencer-El.

Roosevelt Island's FDR Four Freedoms Park will close at 7 PM today.
According to Macy's:
The fireworks may be viewed from any area with an unobstructed view of the sky above the East River. The public viewing sections will be the elevated portions of FDR Drive with the following entry points:
Manhattan Access Points
  • Montgomery & South Streets: From the north (viewing along the FDR between Manhattan Bridge and Montgomery Street).
  • Brooklyn Bridge entry from St. James Place (Pearl Street) & Wagner Place (viewing both north & south of the Brooklyn Bridge).
  • Broad Street and/or Old Slip at Water Street (viewing between Heliport & south side of Brooklyn Bridge
  • ADA viewing area: Murray Bergtraum High School track and field facility, at the base of the Manhattan Bridge. Use the entrance at Market & Cherry Streets.
NOTE: Piers 15-17 are not public viewing areas.
Brooklyn Access Points
  • Brooklyn Bridge Park (piers 1-6): enter on Old Fulton & Furman Street, Joralemon Street & Furman Street or Atlantic Avenue & Furman Street.
  • Brooklyn Bridge Promenade: enter on Columbia Heights & Pineapple Street, Montague Street & Pierrepont Street or Pierrepont Street & Remsen Street.
  • The following pedestrian streets will be closed to all non-emergency vehicle traffic:
  • Montague Street: from Court Street to Montague Terrace
  • Remsen Street from Court Street to Montague Terrace
  • Old Fulton Street from Hicks Street to Furman Street
  • Furman Street from Old Fulton Street to Atlantic Avenue
  • Columbia Heights from Montague Street to Old Fulton Street
  • Hicks Street from Atlantic Avenue to Old Fulton Street
For boater viewing restrictions, call Macy's Marine Hotline at (212) 494-5243.
Curbed has more Macy's July 4 Fireworks viewing locations.


Frank Farance said...

RIOC Boondoggle: $8000 to watch TV for 20 minutes.

RIOC Staffer Erica Spencer-EL is spending $8000 to rent a big TV on the side of a truck so we can watch the July 4 fireworks, which last 20 minutes.

Ms. Spencer-EL and the rest of the RIOC Board/staff (as presented at last week's RIOC Ops Committee) think that this is a good use of money. Having listened to many Public Purpose Grant applicants, those eight thousand dollars could have been used in a variety of ways that would have much longer lasting affects (certainly longer than 20 minutes) and with a broader swath of the community ... the PTA could have done more with $8K, the RI Disabled Association could have done more with $8K, and so on.

Part of the problem is that RIOC isn't interested in
hearing any dissenting opinions, like RIOC Board Member David Kraut who allows agreeable people to speak, but those with disagreements not to speak. Since the WIRE doesn't publish complaints about RIOC (the WIRE is infested with conflicts of interest), we're left to voice our complaints on kiosks? I guess the kiosk in front of 591 is the prime spot to get heard, right?

Why is it that anyone who has access to RIOC money wants to throw a party? Lynne Strong-Shinozaki with the infamous Cherry Blossom Festival (approx $30K of RIOC funds), Sherie Helstien and her Bollywood Party (approx $10K of RIOC funds), and Erica Spencer-EL with $8000 for a 20-minute TV event.

Is the explanation simply: Hey Let's Have A Party Because Someone Else Is Paying For It -- like the State government.

Frank Farance
Island House

YetAnotherRIer said...

This is such a petty complaint. So what the RIOC spent some money for some us who wanted to watch the fireworks outdoors? I think it was a great idea. And yes, any kind of money can be spent on any other thing just as well or better, depending on who's talking.