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Monday, July 15, 2019

What's It Like Hanging Outside On Ledge Washing Roosevelt Island Building Apartment Windows- Westview Residents Frustrated At Their Dirty Windows And Would Like Them Cleaned So They Can See Lovely Views

"Please don't fall" and "You are courageous men" were words spoken by a Roosevelt Island resident to the workers cleaning the windows exteriors of her 14th floor apartment high above the building courtyard as shown in this video taken recently.



The Island House resident was happy to have her windows cleaned. But. Roosevelt Island residents of the next door Westview Building have been frustrated with their inability to get their own windows cleaned. According to long time Westview resident Matt Katz:

... Over a period of six months, starting about a year and a half ago, every apartment had new windows installed. In my estimation, they have been excellent, keeping out wind, temperature extremes, and rain.

However, and from the day they were installed, they have never been cleaned. Over the 20 years my wife and I have lived in Westview, the procedure was that tenants would hire a cleaner, staff or otherwise, to remove the sliding panels and use squeegees on mop handles to address the outside panes. We have learned from our super that this is no longer allowed and to be patient while the complicated issue of how to wash windows is determined. Maintenance staff has allowed that these new windows are no more complicated than the old ones and may be cleaned using the same format. Emails and phone calls to the on-site manager go unanswered. Currently, my windows are opaque and I would like to enjoy the lovely view outside my window....
The subject of Westview Window washing was raised during the the June 13 Roosevelt Island Town Hall with elected officials. Roosevelt Island's NY State Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright wrote to Westiview Building management requesting that they respond to the Westview residents concerns.



The Westview Task Force (WTI), comprised of building residents, sent out this July 10 memo to residents
Re: Window Cleaning Update

WTI has been in contact with the Sponsor in connection with Window cleaning. We are pleased to confirm that the Sponsor intends to have all apartment and hallway windows cleaned by a professional window cleaning company.

Although in the past window cleaning was not provided by Management, window cleaning will now be provided at no cost to all residents as the final step in the window installation process.

Management is in the process of bidding out the window cleaning job with professional window cleaning contractors and will let residents know when the cleaning will be done, which will commence as soon as a contractor is selected and available to start. The entire job will take approximately 4-6 weeks to complete.

In the future, we (or the new COOP Board once in place) will work with Management to establish a procedure for periodic window cleaning for residents to sign up for window cleaning – the cost of this service will be based on the size of the apartment.

In the past, residents often made arrangements for staff to clean apartment windows after hours on a fee basis. Because of legal and insurance reasons, staff are not permitted to perform window cleaning, including after hours.
Hopefully, Mr Katz and other Westview residents, will soon be able to look out clean windows at their lovely Roosevelt Island views.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Roosevelt Island Bridge Shut Down This Morning Due To Two Car Collision On Vernon B'lvd/36th Ave - Woman In Serious Condition, NYPD Investigating

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) issued this advisory at 6:58 AM

THE ROOSEVELT ISLAND BRIDGE GOING ON AND OFF THE ISLAND IS TEMPORALLY SHUT DOWN BY NYPD. DUE TO A VEHICLE ACCIDENT ON 36 AVENUE AND VERNON BLVD.
followed by another at 8:05 AM:
THE 36TH AVENUE ROOSEVELT ISLAND BRIDGE IS REOPENED FOR ALL VEHICLE TRAFFIC. HOWEVER, DUE TO A VEHICLE ACCIDENT AND CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION, TRAFFIC DELAYS ARE EXPECTED, WHILE TRAVELING TO AND FROM ROOSEVELT ISLAND VIA THE BRIDGE.


I asked Roosevelt Island Public Safety Department Acting Chief Kevin Brown for more info on the traffic incident.

Chief Brown replied:
... according to NYPD, at about 5:30 am there was a two car collision on 36th avenue and Vernon Blvd. A F/W/38 was transported from location to Cornell hospital via EMS in serious condition and likely to die due to head injuries. NYPD is still investigating.
The NY Daily News adds:

What Was The Staten Island Ferry Doing On East River Going By Roosevelt Island Today? Was It Lost?


The answer is:

SI Live has more on Staten Island Ferry Boat Ride for God's Exceptional Children.

Friday, July 12, 2019

You're Invited To Wikimedia NYC Roosevelt Island Southpoint Park Picnic Sunday July 14 - The Picnic Anyone Can Edit, A People's Picnic For The People's Encyclopedia

According to Wikimedia NYC:

Wikimedia NYC invites you to attend the Wiknic, the "picnic anyone can edit" in Roosevelt Island (picnic site: Southpoint Park) for Sunday July 14, 2019, from about 2:00 - 7:00 pm, as part of the Great American Wiknic celebrations being held across the United States....

... This year the Wiknic will double as a Strategy Salon, using open space technology to address these two questions facing our social movement:
  • How might we build Wikimedia into an effective convenor of impactful partnerships, coalitions, and collective action based on a shared vision of open knowledge and the “Big Open” Movement?
  • How do we, as a global Wikimedia movement, avoid the pitfall of recentism, tapping in to elder networks, LGBT networks, women’s networks, indigenous communities, etc. to develop volunteers for the project as writers, developers, and document gatherers to find and preserve our hidden collective history?...

 Image From Wikipedia

More info here.

Roosevelt Island Garden Club Invites You To Visit, Relax, Enjoy the Plants, Birds & Nature On Weekends 9 AM to 7 PM - Check Out The Bamboo Forest, Goldfish Pond And Hundred Year Old Cottonwood Tree

Reported last week that the Roosevelt Island Community Garden was open to the public on weekends from 9 AM - 7 PM

Last July 4, I spoke with Roosevelt Island Garden Club (RIGC) member and Green Roosevelt Island Neighbors (GRIN) founder Anthony Luongo about the Community Garden. Mr Longo is rightly proud of the work done by RI Garden Club members and wants to share this spectacular Roosevelt Island oasis with the community. According to Mr Longo, at the Community Garden:

Everybody can come and just relax, look at nature....

... Children are able to smell that the food comes out of the ground and not from the grocery store...

...  we've got a beautiful cottonwood tree gear that has just been around for probably a century or more. We've got our own little ecosystem out here not to mention 132 individual plots and a common area in the back where we do a lot of the work and the composting in addition to a little bamboo forest and a goldfish pond.

So we welcome you to come out at any time during the weekend or pop by and see if you know anyone else here.

Visit us. Come with ideas let us know what you're interest in.

We hope to see you soon.


The RIGC adds:
The front common area is quiet place to relax a bit and RIGC has benches in every border area for guests to sit down and enjoy the plants, birds, and butterflies. Visitors of all ages are welcome. Reminders: please stay on the main gravel paths

Make sure to check out the RIGC Bamboo Forest


and


Goldfish Pond - it's quite a site and you'll almost forget you're in NYC.

Roosevelt Island Transportation - Good News Again, This Weekend F Trains To And From Manhattan, Both Tram Cabins Working And Ferry Service Too, That's 12 In A Row - State Senator Jose Serrano Asks MTA President Andy Byford To Add Second Roosevelt Island Subway Entrance And 4 Turnstiles To Relieve Overcrowding

Good news, for the 12th week in a row, Roosevelt Island residents will have weekend F Trains running to and from Manhattan, both Tram Cabins operating and East River Astoria Route Ferry service.

Here's the NYC Ferry 2019 Ferry Summer Schedule. 

More good news. During June 13 Roosevelt Island Town Hall Meeting organized by Council Member Ben Kallos, MTA representative Markus Book reported that there are no planned Roosevelt Island F Train weekend disruptions until August 16 weekend.

Mr Book took questions on a variety of Roosevelt Island subway and bus issues including morning rush hours overcrowding and promised to look into suggested solutions to relieve overcrowding. Mr Book added that the MTA might consider adding a second entrance/exit at the north side of the Roosevelt Island F Train station


to better handle large crowd situations (see 10 minute 20 second mark of video below)

Watch the full MTA Roosevelt Island presentation below.



Roosevelt Island's NY State Senator Jose Serrano sent this June 28 letter to MTA President Andy Byford in support of adding a second Roosevelt Island subway entrance and 4 additional turnstiles.
Dear Mr. Byford:

A number of concerned constituents have contacted my office regarding severe overcrowding, particularly during rush hours, at the Roosevelt Island F train subway station.

Over the last few years, Roosevelt Island has experienced tremendous growth, from the thriving Cornell Tech campus to the opening of the wonderful Four Freedoms State Park. In addition, several large-scale events, such as the Roosevelt Island Cherry Blossom Festival (which was attended by roughly 30,000 people) have attracted visitors from across the city in unprecedented numbers. While we welcome this evolution, we must ensure that the island’s transportation infrastructure keeps pace with the undeniably sharp increase in visitors. For this reason, I would like to respectfully request that MTA add a second entrance and exit with four additional turnstiles at the north side of the Roosevelt Island F train station.

As we explore ways to improve all transportation options on Roosevelt Island, providing an additional entrance at the F train station is a low-cost, common-sense solution that will alleviate overcrowding, address rider safety and provide relief for thousands of New Yorkers who depend on this line as a primary source of transportation.

My office will be following up in the next couple of days. However, if you would like to discuss this request in further detail, as always, please feel free to contact my office at (212) 828-5829. Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.

Sincerely,

Sen. José M. Serrano
29th Senate District
Also, as of today both Roosevelt Island subway elevators are working and 1 of the escalators is out of service


scheduled to be fixed by July 13.