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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Outdoor Seating At Roosevelt Island Riverwalk Restaurants During NYC Local Law 11 Building Facade Work Discussed By RIOC Operations Advisory Committee Yesterday - What's The Deal?

As previously reported, the Roosevelt Island Riverwalk Building are surrounding by scaffolding to protect passerbys from falling debris as Local Law 11 facade work is done on the exterior of the buildings.

Image Of Riverwalk 455 Main Street Facade Work

According to Habitat Magazine:
New York City's Façade Inspection Safety Program (FISP), also called Local Law 11, requires that owners of buildings with more than six stories undergo an exterior inspection every five years....
and the Department of Buildings:
... created and implemented the law in 1980 — then called Local Law 10 — in response to the 1979 death of Barnard College student Grace Gold when she was struck by masonry falling from a building façade in Manhattan. More recently, on August 1, 2013, Jennifer Rosoff fell to her death from her 17th-floor condominium at 400 East 57th Street after the 78-year-old aluminum railing on her balcony gave way. The railing was installed in 1931 without welded rivets, and the non-welded rivets popped out....
The facade work has meant that outdoor seating at Riverwalk restaurants


is not available or limited to certain times upsetting some residents.
The NY Times reported yesterday on a tragic incident Local Law 11 facade work is intended to prevent. According to the NY Times:
... On Sunday morning, Susan Frierson, 60, was outside the building with her granddaughter, Greta Greene, 2, when a piece of decorative terra-cotta windowsill broke free eight stories above. Both were struck, Greta most seriously. After hours on the operating table at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, doctors could not save her. She was pronounced dead on Monday.

New York has a strict facade-inspection law, but Greta’s death was a reminder of that law’s limits,...
During yesterday's (May 18) Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Operations Advisory Committee (full audio web cast of meeting), RIOC Director Margie Smith asked about the status of Riverwalk restaurants outdoor seating during the local law 11 facade work.. RIOC President Charlene Indelicato said that she was told by a Hudson Related Representative that for safety reasons outdoor seating would not be available at Riverwalk restaurants under the scaffolding

 Image of Riverwalk Bar & Grill Seating Under Scaffolding From Several Weeks Ago

during the time facade work is being done but can be available after 4:30 on weekdays and on weekends.

Here's the discussion.



Recently, I have noticed that the seating is not available under the scaffolding.

7 comments :

Jo said...

I think it's fabulous. At last outdoor dining with shade has come o RI!

IslandKrewe said...

Ok so RIOC will now start the Beer Bus, free for seniors.. barf bags .50c

IslandKrewe said...

ANNOUNCING !!
ROOSEVELT ISLAND BEER RIDE.. VISIT THREE LOCAL MICRO BREWERIES IN LONG ISLAND CITY AND ASTORIA.. IF YOU CAN STILL PEDAL AFTER THIS..THEN THE RIDE CONTINUES TO BROOKLYN>>AFTER WHICH YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOURSELF !

CheshireKitty said...

The hipsters have finally, officially arrived...

CarnetBleu said...

so where can we complain? I am ready to come out

CarnetBleu said...

My only question is regarding HOW these low income residents will be acquired? Should not everyone have access to these dwellings by applying through the city website/lottery? THIS IS the loophole! This is what is being questioned as these apartments have not been made available to the public.

KTG said...

I struggle with why people are up in arms about how does directing apartments to researchers versus a lottery affect anyone on the island. Frankly its ideal use of space to provide low cost housing to researchers who are typically under compensated versus skill set.

What's the downside?

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