Thursday, September 11, 2014

Bike New York Invites You To Ride The East River Esplanade From Roosevelt Island Tram To Randalls Island And Back This Saturday - Also Take A Roosevelt Island Cyber Bike Ride With Go Pro Camera

Bike New York's Roosevelt Island Community Outreach Manager Caitlin Goodspeed reports:
East River Esplanade Ride
Saturday, September 13
Approx. 8 miles

Join Bike New York for a ride up the East River Esplanade in Manhattan! We'll take the tram from Roosevelt Island over to Manhattan before heading north on the paved path right next to the river. We'll break at Carl Schurz Park for a few minutes before heading up to a community garden at 96th Street where we'll hear about Friends of the East River Esplanade, a non-profit organization that is working restore and reinvent the esplanade from 60th to 120th Streets. From there we will continue north, taking the bike path over to Randall's Island for an easy loop before heading back to Roosevelt Island via the esplanade. Brunch to follow on Roosevelt Island for those who are interested! All participants must bring their own bikes and helmets. This ride is free and open to the Roosevelt Island community!
Ms. Goodspeed adds:
In order to participate, residents must send me an email with their contact information and the information for an emergency contact. My email address is There are only a few spots left! I will send out a detailed email to all registered participants on Friday.
You can also take a cyber ride from Astoria and around Roosevelt Island

courtesy of a Go Pro Camera.


RooseveltIslander said...

The RIOC Board of Directors consented to the assignment of Roosevelt Landings/Eastwood ground lease from Urban American to a new joint venture between Urban American and Brookfield Property. Based upon a formula in the ground lease, RIOC will receive payment of approximately $2.7 million for its consent.

The vote to approve the assignment was 6 in favor 1 against and 1 recusal. Director Michael Shinozaki was the single no vote. Director David Kraut, who lives in Roosevelt Landings, recused himself from participating in the RIOC Board meeting discussion and vote.

During RIOC Real Estate Advisory Committee meeting prior to the full RIOC Board vote, Mr. Kraut indicated he would vote no on consenting to the lease assignment. Immediately after he said that he would vote no, RIOC President Charlene Indelicato and General Counsel Don Lewis asked him to step outside the conference room where the public committee meeting was taking place and they had a private conversation.

Upon the start of the Roosevelt Landings lease assignment agenda item at the full RIOC Board meeting, Mr. Kraut announced his recusal.

CheshireKitty said...

The value of the building is driven up each time it changes hands - there will be a need each time to make the building "pay" for the new owners. This is the price of speculation. Rents will need to be upped and so forth.

Someone should really stand up to the developers and building owners and ask them to honor the ratios set forth in the GDP with regard affordable housing on RI. Someone really should - but there is not a single public officials with the intestinal fortitude to do so.

The dream of a mixed-income community that includes a certain percentage of affordable housing is again sold out by RIOC, this time for 2.7 mil. I applaud Mike for his principled no vote on this issue and Dave who would have voted no had he not needed to recuse himself.

OldRossie said...

Consider me ignorant here - tell me why this deal is bad for islanders, why you applaud the no vote?

RooseveltIslander said...

Correction. Mr. Kraut said at the Real Estate Committee meeting that he would vote to table (postpone) the vote at the full RIOC Board meeting.

He did not that he would vote no. He was seeking more information for himself and others in the building.

KTG said...

Real Estate values across the NYC market so this should not be shocking. Urban wants to get some cash out and Brookfield want upside. if rents do go up how is maintenance funded that build needs a lot of work. Who would invest in something that doesn't have a return.

How old is the GDP, does it reflect Cornell and demographic changes on island the one I saw was from 2003. Seemed to be irrelevant at this point