Thursday, May 21, 2015

Roosevelt Island Board Of Directors Meeting Today - Garden Club License, Tram Station Restroom Sewer Repair, Interim Director of Engineering Among Items On The Agenda

 Image Of Roosevelt Island Garden Club From Above Via RIGarden

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Board Of Directors will be meeting later this afternoon. According to RIOC





5:30 P.M.[1]

I. Call to Order

II. Roll Call

III. Approval of Minutes

1. April 16, 2015 Board Meeting (Board Action Required)

IV. Old Business

V. New Business

1. Ratification of Amendment of License Agreement with the Roosevelt Island Garden Club, LTD (RIGC) (Board Action Required)

2. Ratification of Contract with New York Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Corp. for Tram Sewer Repairs (Board Action Required)

3. Authorization to Enter into Contract for Consultant to Serve as Interim Director of Engineering (Board Action Required)

4. Authorization to Enter into Contract with Northeastern Office Equipment Inc. for Information Technology Equipment (Board Action Required)

5. President’s Report

6. Committee Reports

a. Audit Committee

b. Governance Committee

c. Operations Advisory Committee

d. Real Estate Development Advisory Committee

7. Public Safety Report

VI. Adjournment

[1] The RIOC Board Meeting will commence following a public comment period. The public comment period is not part of the meeting.
Here's more info on:
Also, as reported yesterday, Jamie Rubin was appointed the new Chairman of RIOC Board of Directors.

UPDATE 5/22 - Here's video of the 5/21 RIOC Board of Directors Meeting.


YetAnotherRIer said...

Considering how the current RIOC leadership is very timid about everything that involves many people in one place I would not be surprised if the park will be closed.

YetAnotherRIer said...

The indoor pool at Westview, for example, is open all year round and a lot less expensive than MP's pool club. You are right, though, that it is hard to compare membership prices for the season but just by looking at what a day pass costs, you can get an idea:

CheshireKitty said...

I predict the event will be monetized to the max both by FFP & RIOC: FFP will use the even to hold a gala fund-raiser, priced so expensively that only those who can afford the $250 a plate tab will attend (i.e. a typical fund-raiser, except with the incredible view of the fireworks). RIOC will allow folks to view the fireworks from SPP, but at a steep price, collected at the gate: Maybe as high as $25 a pop. Maybe they'll set up a screen @ the usual movie location @ SPP and also the fireworks TV show available with the usual DJ, food court, etc. RIOC usually charges for viewing the fireworks program - so FFP will probably do the same thing, and even turn it into a big fund-raising affair.

The regular folks who can't afford either ticket price they can get a bit of a view from along the promenades, or rooftops (if mgt cos allow them onto roofs - which they usually don't). Another possible viewing spot is Motorgate roof. There are spots all along the W. shore of Queens & Bklyn - and many of those spots have been turned into fabulous parks; those parks will be swarming with viewers. There's also the usual FDR drive miles of viewing area. Somehow, between all these viewing areas, there are going to be millions crammed into the shorelines who will watch the fireworks, just as they've always watched them. They'll make a day of it, many times. Then there's the trek back home, having had the day of patriotic celebration. Here on RI, we can simply go downstairs to at least catch a glimpse of fireworks. There are also fireworks at Astoria Park (usually on a a different day than July 4th). Those are also heavily attended - actually the view from Astoria Park is spectacular.

But my prediction is as above: The event will be thoroughly monetized/exploited by FFP and RIOC. Each will charge whatever the market will bear for tickets. The "peoples' holiday" of American liberation from an oppressive King, the celebration of democracy and equality, will in this way, be turned into a money-raising affair open only to those who can afford the high price of admission. Maybe on a strategic basis, this isn't such a bad thing - given that both RIOC and FFP need to raise money, and the money RIOC raises ultimately is spent for the Islander's benefit. Also, if you had the spaces as free viewing spaces - both FFP and SPP - can you imagine what would happen? Both might be torn up from having a flood of people swarm in. Or, people might be respectful. Certainly, there is no seating at FFP other than the ledges (and I believe some picnic tables in the eating area). Mayby FFP could let people view the fireworks for free - just ask that they stay off the lawn (if that is possible).

Viewing at SPP could also be made free of charge, like the summer movie programs. But RIOC has previously turned July 4 into a profit-making extravaganza, so they'll probably do so again this year.

KTG said...

Not sure stopped by but, new furniture and showers are all working. I think its really great.

Also I looked at prices you listed and a day pass for family at pool is inline with the prices listed.

My daughter goes to school on UES and parents of multiple friends who have come to MP pool loved it. They said there no reasonably priced private options in Manhattan and most city pools were overcrowded.