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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Roosevelt Landings Lease Assignment, Roosevelt Island Tram Elevator, Artist In Residence Program, Southtown Building Lot 9 Among Agenda Items For October 17 RIOC Board Of Directors Meeting - Public Comment Session Prior To Meeting Too

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Board of Directors will meet 5:30 PM Thursday October 17, at the Cultural Center (548 Main Street).


 You're invited to  attend, ask questions and share concerns about Roosevelt Island during the opening Public Session before the start of the meeting. Sign up to speak here.

Items on meeting Agenda are:
AGENDA

OCTOBER 17, 2019 MEETING OF THE ROOSEVELT ISLAND OPERATING CORPORATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS THE CULTURAL CENTER THEATER, 548 MAIN STREET, ROOSEVELT ISLAND, NEW YORK 5:30 P.M.1

I. Call to Order

II. Roll Call

III. Approval of Minutes
1. September 5, 2019 Board Meeting (Board Action Required)

IV. Old Business

V. New Business

1. Authorization of Consent to Assignment of Lease by BSREP UA Roosevelt Landings LLC (The Eastwood Tenant) to Roosevelt Landings Owner Housing Development Fund Corporation, as Leasehold Nominee for Roosevelt Landings Owner LLC, Beneficial Tenant (Board Action Required)

2. Authorization of Southtown Building 9 Lot Reapportionment (Board Action Required)

3. Authorization to Amend Composition of Committees of Board of Directors (Board Action Required)

4. Authorization to Amend Contract with Elit Green Builders Corp. for Construction of Seawall Railing (Board Action Required)

5. Authorization to Amend Contract with Sea Crest Construction Corp. for Construction of the Elevator at the Manhattan Aerial Tramway Station (Board Action Required)

6. Authorization to Enter into Contract with Stantec Consulting Services, Inc. for Design Services in Connection with the Lighthouse Park Project (Board Action Required)

7. Authorization to Enter into Contract for Hope Memorial Construction Services (Board Action Required - Materials to Follow)

8. Authorization of Grant Award and Disbursement for Artist-In-Residence Program (Board Action Required - Materials to Follow)

9. President’s Report

10. Committee Reports

a. Audit Committee

b. Governance Committee

c. Operations Advisory Committee

d. Real Estate Development Advisory Committee

11. 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.

Roosevelt Island Family Halloween Parade Route March Will Stay On Main Street This Year - RIOC Staff Revises Plan After Board Member David Kraut Explains It's 40 Year Tradition - Roosevelt Island Is Nothing if Not About Our Kids Says Kraut

As reported last week, rumors that the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) cancelled the traditional Family Halloween Parade were not true.

Image From RIOC

Rather, RIOC moved the Parade's final destination from outdoors at Capobianco Field to indoors at Sportspark, where it had taken place last year due to the rain.

However, RIOC decided to change the route of the 40 year old parade which traditionally had the costumed marchers walking north on Main Street passing crowds watching on the sidewalks in front of the WIRE buildings.

Instead, the new route would be:
... departing from the Lawn south of Rivercross (across from 500 Main St.), and proceeds to Sportspark for entry into the Halloween Extravaganza!...
The new route was not well received by the Roosevelt Island community. As one resident noted:
... is a walk past the train station as representative and inclusive as a stroll down Main Street, waving at bystanders who may frequent the businesses that we rely on

Do you know how many residents of our community live on that western road? None. The building entrances are on the eastern road. Maybe the subway attendant will wave and cheer us on.
At the end of yesterday's (October 15) RIOC Operations Advisory Committee meeting, I brought up the subject of the Halloween Parade and asked why the route had been changed?

RIOC President Susan Rosenthal replied:
... it was a question of PSD and Community Affairs together making that decision subject to Executive approval - seemed to make sense because of the traffic issues... I'm taking full responsibility....
RIOC Board Director David Kraut, attended by phone, interrupted to support the traditional Roosevelt Island Halloween Parade route. According to Mrl Kraut:
This Island had traditionally had two parades a year in which we watched our children grow. The Little League Parade in April and the Halloween Parade in October...

... We love to see our children parade on Halloween. We just do. It's been with us every year for the 40 years I've been on this Rock....

... You can't have a parade down where nobody lives. You need to have a parade where people can see it and if that means marching from Capabianco to Sportspark or something else ... let it be so.

Give the kids a chance to show off their costumes and give them festivities at the end of it.... Roosevelt Island is about nothing if not about our kids.... Considerations of traffic don't mean much to me. You stop the traffic and let the kids march thru....
Ms Rosenthal was convinced by Mr. Kraut and relented:
... I don't feel strongly about this issue and if you do am happy to go back and modify it....
Here's the discussion.



RIOC is expected to announce the specifics of the Halloween Parade route later today.

Here's the 2017 Roosevelt Island Halloween Parade marching on Main Street.



Good job Mr. Kraut in explaining the importance of Halloween to RIOC staff and good job by RIOC in listening to community and revising their plan.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Roosevelt Island Main Street Retail Update From Hudson Related's David Kramer - Says All But 1 And Half Stores Currently Leased, Vacant Stores Will Open, Eventually

Main Street Retail Master Leaseholder Hudson Related's David Kramer gave a store leasing update to the October 7 Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Real Estate Development Advisory Committee meeting.

According to Mr. Kramer, all the Main Street stores have been leased except for the former Bubble Tea Space and the former Urgent Care space which is currently occupied by Doctors Resnik and Grimm and seeking additional medical practitioners.

Mr Kramer noted that of the currently vacant space:

  • 503 Main Street space in Rivercross will hopefully open at end of year as some type of restaurant food use. They are finalizing their concept. The space has been unoccupied for 40 years,
  • 521 Main Street will be Yoga Studio hopefully open January 2020,
  • Tenant for the former Card shop at 563 Main Street has been secured but not ready to announce it yet,
  • 548 main street plan for Mexican restaurant has changed to a Mediteranean restaurant, open early this spring
Mr Kramer's colleague Alex Kaplan reported that the NY Public Library will open in the Summer of 2020, later than the December 2019 that had been scheduled.

Judy Berdy asked Mr. Kramer to make sure that Roosevelt Island restaurants comply with applicable Health Department inspections and regulations He replied that it's not his responsibility as landlord to do so but indicated that if he is made aware of problems, he can apply pressure on the tenant to insure compliance.

Mr Kramer noted recent announcement of Grannie Annie Irish Bar lease signing in former Riverwalk Bar space and opening of The Sanctuary Event space at former Dayspring Church.

Here's the entire presentation. Watch it - very interesting.



Check out the new Roosevelt Island Shops


web page.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Roosevelt Island Gardeners - iDig2Learn Unusual Edible Plant Workshop With John Paul Learn Of Mandala Farm Tuesday October 15 - RSVP A Must, Location Revealed Upon Confirmation

As part of the Celebrating Roosevelt Island's Nature series, IDig2Learn is hosting an Unusual Edible Plant workshop tomorrow, October 15.


RSVP to .iDig2learn@gmail.com Subject Line Plant Location.

More info on edible plants from Mandala Farms web site and this video.



Roosevelt Island Blackwell House, Tram Elevator, Lighthouse Park, FDR Hope Memorial, Artist In Residence Grant, Seawall Railings Among Items On Agenda For October 15 RIOC Operations Advisory Committee Public Meeting

A Roosevelt Island resident asks"


Roosevelt Island's Blackwell House


is among the items on the Agenda for Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Operations Advisory Committee meeting scheduled for tomorrow.

According to RIOC:
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a meeting of the Operations Advisory Committee of the RIOC Board of Directors will be held on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 4:30 P.M. at RIOC’s Operations Office, 680 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, New York.

AGENDA:
  • Elit Green Builders Change Order for Seawall Railings Project
  • Sea Crest Construction Inc. Change Order for Manhattan Tram Elevator Project
  • Lighthouse Park Contract for Design Services
  • FDR Hope Memorial Contract for Construction Services
  • Blackwell Park Phase 1 Construction Services
  • Artist-in-Residence Program Grant
  • Status of Pending Projects
  • Any Other Committee Business that May be Brought Before the Committee
***

The Open Meetings Law of the State of New York requires that all public bodies conduct meetings, convened for the purpose of officially conducting public business, in a manner open to attendance by the general public to observe and listen.
RIOC provides some information regarding status of current projects on Capital Projects Tracker web page.

For Blackwell House the Tracker says:
Blackwell House Roof and Exterior Painting Procurement <$500K Fall 2019
and:
Blackwell House

This project has restored the interior of the house which includes waterproofing the building’s infrastructure and installing ADA complaint access ramps. The landmark restoration project has transformed the house into community space for Roosevelt Island residents, and tourist focal point on Main Street. - Construction $2.7M Fall 2019
We should have more info on status of Blackwell House and other Roosevelt Island projects at the Ops Committee meeting.

2 Roosevelt Island Assault Incidents Past Week - Roosevelt Landings Neighbors Arrested For Fighting Each Other Last Night And Manhattan Park Fist Fight Leads To Arrest Last Thursday

A Roosevelt Island tipster reported last evening:

... there's alot of NYPD, PSD and ambulances in front of 510 Main Street, Roosevelt Landings.
According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Public Safety Incident Report:
10/13/19 – 1805 – 516 Main St – Assault – PSD/NYPD/EMS responded – PSD arrested the subject.
In response to my inquiry, a RIOC spokesperson adds:
We had 2 neighbors arrested for assault on each other at 516 Main Street. It started as a verbal altercation and police were called to residence apt’s ...  at 4:20pm. Condition was resolved at time and incident report was prepared.
Also, another Roosevelt Island assault last Thursday. According to RIOC Public Safety Incident report:
10/10/19 – 1234– 2 River Road – Assault – PSD/NYPD/EMS responded – Arrest made.
The RIOC spokesperson adds:
... individuals fighting at location at 6:05pm. PSD responded and observed fight being broken up with injuries to both parties, both parties stating the other repeatedly hit each other in face with closed fist causing swelling and lacerations.