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Friday, February 15, 2019

Very, Very Cool Video Showing 360 Degree View Of NYC East River Waterfront From Roosevelt Island Tram - Take A Look



Click on Full Screen Icon at bottom right of video for better view and look around.

Roosevelt Island Transportation This Weekend - Good News, F Train Service To And From Manhattan, Bad News, Only 1 Tram Cabin Operating For Next 12 Weeks

Good news. There is Roosevelt Island F Train subway service to and from Manhattan this weekend.



Bad news, as previously reported, due to a major Roosevelt Island Tram overhaul project, only a single Cabin will be operating each day for at least the next 12 weeks.

 Image From RIOC

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC):
The Roosevelt Island Tram is scheduled to undergo two major maintenance projects that will reduce operating service to one cabin only beginning on February 14th and continuing for at least 12 weeks, the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) announced....

... To help facilitate Island residents’ commutes during this period, RIOC will operate Red Bus shuttles between 58th-Street-and- Second-Avenue in Midtown Manhattan and the Roosevelt Island Tram Station during the weekday afternoon peak commute, 3 PM - 8:30 PM.

In discussions with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority which operates the New York City subway and bus system, RIOC officials received assurances this week that there will be no disruptions to the subway’s F Train line that services Roosevelt Island, including weekends up until April 19.

Additional service will be provided via the E Train line, weeknights March 18 – March 22 and March 25 – March 29; and all four weekends March 23 – April 25.

RIOC has also asked NYC Ferry officials to consider expanding ferry service – to and from Roosevelt Island, Queens and Manhattan - during the weekday peak periods and weekends; and is awaiting their response....
There is Roosevelt Island ferry service on the Astoria Route. Here's the Winter Schedule for Roosevelt Island ferry service.

More info on Roosevelt Island Tram Overhaul at this post.

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The Roosevelt Island Gristedes Supermarket


invites you to check out their February 15 - February 21 Product Offerings, Specials & Sales items.


Don't forget the 10% Roosevelt Island Seniors Discount on Tuesday and Sign Up for the Gristedes Diamond Loyalty Rewards Program.

More Gristedes Supermarket information


available at their


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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Amazon Cancels Plan For Long Island City HQ Across East River From Roosevelt Island - Protesters Happy But What About The 25 Thousand Jobs Lost

Amazon announced today that they are abandoning its plan announced last November to develop a campus headquarters on the Long Island City East River waterfront - a short 5 minute ferry ride from Roosevelt Island - and their plan to create more than 25 thousand jobs on this site.



According to today's Amazon statement:

After much thought and deliberation, we’ve decided not to move forward with our plans to build a headquarters for Amazon in Long Island City, Queens. For Amazon, the commitment to build a new headquarters requires positive, collaborative relationships with state and local elected officials who will be supportive over the long-term. While polls show that 70% of New Yorkers support our plans and investment, a number of state and local politicians have made it clear that they oppose our presence and will not work with us to build the type of relationships that are required to go forward with the project we and many others envisioned in Long Island City.

We are disappointed to have reached this conclusion—we love New York, its incomparable dynamism, people, and culture—and particularly the community of Long Island City, where we have gotten to know so many optimistic, forward-leaning community leaders, small business owners, and residents. There are currently over 5,000 Amazon employees in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Staten Island, and we plan to continue growing these teams.

We are deeply grateful to Governor Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio, and their staffs, who so enthusiastically and graciously invited us to build in New York City and supported us during the process. Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio have worked tirelessly on behalf of New Yorkers to encourage local investment and job creation, and we can’t speak positively enough about all their efforts. The steadfast commitment and dedication that these leaders have demonstrated to the communities they represent inspired us from the very beginning and is one of the big reasons our decision was so difficult.

We do not intend to reopen the HQ2 search at this time. We will proceed as planned in Northern Virginia and Nashville, and we will continue to hire and grow across our 17 corporate offices and tech hubs in the U.S. and Canada.

Thank you again to Governor Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio, and the many other community leaders and residents who welcomed our plans and supported us along the way. We hope to have future chances to collaborate as we continue to build our presence in New York over time.
Opponents of the Amazon Long Island City HQ were pleased including Long Island City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer


Queens State Senator Mike Gianaris

and Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

But these Long Island City businessmen favor the LIC Amazon HQ and are unhappy that Amazon is not going forward with the project.


Governor Cuomo reacts:
Amazon chose to come to New York because we are the capital of the world and the best place to do business. We competed in and won the most hotly contested national economic development competition in the United States, resulting in at least 25,000-40,000 good paying jobs for our state and nearly $30 billion dollars in new revenue to fund transit improvements, new housing, schools and countless other quality of life improvements. Bringing Amazon to New York diversified our economy away from real estate and Wall Street, further cementing our status as an emerging center for tech and was an extraordinary economic win not just for Queens and New York City, but for the entire region, from Long Island to Albany's nanotech center.

However, a small group politicians put their own narrow political interests above their community -- which poll after poll showed overwhelmingly supported bringing Amazon to Long Island City -- the state's economic future and the best interests of the people of this state. The New York State Senate has done tremendous damage. They should be held accountable for this lost economic opportunity.

The fundamentals of New York's business climate and community that attracted amazon to be here - our talent pool, world-class education system, commitment to diversity and progressivism - remain and we won't be deterred as we continue to attract world class business to communities across New York State.
And Mayor de Blasio:
You have to be tough to make it in New York City. We gave Amazon the opportunity to be a good neighbor and do business in the greatest city in the world. Instead of working with the community, Amazon threw away that opportunity. We have the best talent in the world and every day we are growing a stronger and fairer economy for everyone. If Amazon can’t recognize what that’s worth, its competitors will.
Roosevelt Island and Long Island City Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney adds:


During the November 13 Amazon protest, Roosevelt Island's NYC Council Member Ben Kallos stated reasons for his objecting to the proposed Amazon LIC deal.



But, there are those 25 thousand good paying jobs.

Interesting points:

and:

UPDATE 5;20 PM - And:


UPDATE 7:30 PM - Reaction from Long Island City businesses and residents





Also,a report about the Amazon Effect on Seattle.

Carter Burden Roosevelt Island Senior Center Chorus Forming With 92 St Y Vocal Department - Meet Weekly To Sing Your Favorite Broadway Show Tunes, Standards & More

The Carter Burden Roosevelt Island Senior Center i(546 Main Street) invites you to join the newly formed Roosevelt Island Senior Center Chorus:

Join 92nd Street Y School of Music’s Chair of the Vocal Department, Ann Hoyt, for the Roosevelt Island Senior Center Chorus starting Tuesday 2/19 and Wednesday 2/20, 12:30 – 2:30 pm. Groups will meet weekly for 15 sessions in a fun and relaxed setting to learn and rehearse your favorite Broadway hits, show tunes, standards and more. No experience necessary, only a love of music and an enthusiastic voice! Don’t have a voice? It doesn’t matter: come for the fun!!

•Tuesday 2/19, 12:30 – 2:30 pm, 15 Sessions. Final concert 6/4, 1:30 pm

•Wednesday 2/20, 12:30 – 2:30 pm, 15 sessions. Final concert 6/5, 1:30 pm


The class is sponsored by the 92 ST Y but will take place at the senior center. No registration is required. People can just walk-in.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Be Prepared, Roosevelt Island Tram Overhaul Begins Thursday February 14 - Only 1 Tram Cabin In Operation For At Least Next 12 Weeks Says RIOC

The next 12 weeks are not going to be fun for Roosevelt Islanders. As reported last January 17, the Roosevelt Island Tram will be undergoing a major over maintenance project that will result in only a single cabin in operation during this time.

Yesterday, workers were getting ready for the project


which starts tomorrow. Be prepared, for some horrible commuting, particularly when the inevitable occurs and F train service is interrupted for one reason or another.
 
 Image From 2017 F Train Morning Service Disruption Tram Lines For 2 Operating Cabins

Fortunately, the MTA has assured the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) that there will be no scheduled F train service disruptions thru April 17. But the 12 week Tram maintenance project is planned to last at least a month longer than the MTA's assurance of no scheduled F train service disruptions.

According to RIOC:

The Roosevelt Island Tram is scheduled to undergo two major maintenance projects that will reduce operating service to one cabin only beginning on February 14th and continuing for at least 12 weeks, the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) announced.

Track cable relocation, phase 1 of the work, is a safety requirement of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for aerial tramways and gondolas operating in the United States.

As per the safety regulations (ANSI B77.1), the Tram is required to relocate its track cables after a pre-determined amount of time. RIOC’s Tram contractor Leitner-Poma, who totally rebuilt the Tram’s infrastructure nine years ago, will perform the work.

The timeline is subject to change depending on weather conditions and the conditions found within the equipment during the relocation. During that time, one cabin will be taken out of service, starting with the North cabin.

“Much like a car that has recommended maintenance at pre-determined intervals, we are that point with the Roosevelt Island Tram,” said RIOC CEO and President Susan Rosenthal.

“We apologize in advance for the inconvenience this may cause. But this effort is to create the safest transportation system possible and to extend its service life into the future,” Rosenthal said of the Tram that since 2016 has transported more than 10 million commuters. “We appreciate your patience and assistance with this important maintenance project.”

Track cables are basically the “road” that the Tram cabin runs on. Each track cable does have movement with every trip of the tram to allow for expansion and contraction, but for the most part the cables are fixed in a single location on each tower. Over time, this location is subject to more wear and bending actions than the other locations, which is the reason the cable is periodically relocated.

Each track cable also contains fiber optic lines inside the core, which the Tram uses for communications and controls. This fiber optic line must be cut and re-terminated following the track relocation.

There will be periods of shutdown for both cabin systems during the actual movement of the rope, during tensioning and during the fiber optic changeover, but the plan is to conduct this work late at night and during normal overnight shutdown periods.

Leitner-Poma crews will be working seven days per week to complete the work as quickly as possible.

The second phase of work consists of four gearbox overhauls (inspecting and replacing internal parts such as the gears, bearings, seals and oil changes). This work will start as soon as Phase 1’s track cable relocation is complete. The schedule may change depending on the construction of needed parts and the impact of the federal government shutdown of the overseas import of those parts.

The duration of Phase 2 is estimated to last four to six weeks. During that repair, the Tram will be running daily on a one-cabin reduced capacity.

WHY ARE GEARBOX OVERHAULS NEEDED?

Each cabin is pulled by an assembly of two gearboxes. Due to the age of the gearboxes and following the gearbox failure on the North tram last August, Kissling AG, the original gearbox manufacturer and a leader in the industry, has recommended to proceed right away with the overhaul of all four gearboxes.

To help facilitate Island residents’ commutes during this period, RIOC will operate Red Bus shuttles between 58th-Street-and- Second-Avenue in Midtown Manhattan and the Roosevelt Island Tram Station during the weekday afternoon peak commute, 3 PM - 8:30 PM.

In discussions with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority which operates the New York City subway and bus system, RIOC officials received assurances this week that there will be no disruptions to the subway’s F Train line that services Roosevelt Island, including weekends up until April 19.

Additional service will be provided via the E Train line, weeknights March 18 – March 22 and March 25 – March 29; and all four weekends March 23 – April 25.

RIOC has also asked NYC Ferry officials to consider expanding ferry service – to and from Roosevelt Island, Queens and Manhattan - during the weekday peak periods and weekends; and is awaiting their response.

More information about this project, updated Red Bus shuttle schedules and project timelines will be posted at rioc.ny.gov. Please forward additional questions or inquiries to info@rioc.ny.gov.