Monday, August 25, 2014

New Roosevelt Island New York Public Library Branch Progress Stalled By RIOC Window Replacement Delay Says Hudson Related Main Street Master Leaseholder David Kramer - Also Upcoming Events At The Current Roosevelt Island NYPL Branch

Former NYC Council Member Lappin, NYPL President Anthony Marx and Roosevelt Island Kids Announcing New Library In July 2012

Reported July 2013:
... the New York Public Library (NYPL) signed a lease with Hudson Related Companies for a new Roosevelt Island branch at 504 Main Street....
Image Of 504 Main Street Future Home Of NYPL Roosevelt Island Branch

... Current projected schedule is to start design 12/2013 or 1/2014, start construction some time in 2015, and open the new branch in 2017, and the current budget is approximately $4.5 million....
More than 2 years after the announcement that Roosevelt Island will be getting a new library and 1 year after the lease signing, what is the status of our new library?

The new Roosevelt Island NYPL library branch was discussed during July 30 Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Real Estate Advisory Committee meeting (video of meeting here and audio web cast of meeting here). During the meeting, Hudson Related Main Street Master Leaseholder David Kramer expressed frustration with the "pace" in moving the library project forward due to RIOC's delay replacing the windows at the 504 Main Street building.

Here's what Mr. Kramer had to say.

RIOC Director Margie Smith asked Mr. Kramer if RIOC was responsible for delaying the project. Mr. Kramer replied yes, but that RIOC was about to begin work on the window project which was confirmed by RIOC President Charlene Indelicato who anticipates window replacement work to begin at end of August.

Here's that discussion

and upcoming events at the current

Image Of Roosevelt Island NY Public Library

Roosevelt Island Public Library
Tuesday, August 26, 3-4 PM "Rainbow Fish" Story & Craft (Ages 4 and older) - Listen the story of "The Rainbow Fish" and create your very own Rainbow Fish with paper, glue, and wiggle eyes. All materials will be provided. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Thursdays, September 4, 11, 18 & 25, 11AM "Bilingual Birdies: Mandarin" (Children) - This Fall, Bilingual Birdies takes you on a journey to honor the changing colors of the leaves, celebrate different fruits for the harvest, explore the sun and the moon, and learn about various modes of transportation in Spanish, French, or Mandarin! Bilingual musicians teach theme-related vocabulary through live music, dance, and engaging puppetry!

Wednesday, September 17, 11-11:30 AM Toddler Storytime: "Sesame Street" Style - Celebrate the 45th anniversary of "Sesame Street" with stories and songs from the beloved children's television program.

Tuesday, September 30, 3-4 PM Sesame Street Craft (Ages 4 and older) - Create an Ernie muppet with a paper bag, construction paper, and glue.
A full listing of classes, programs and events at the NYPD Roosevelt Island branch library here.