Monday, December 9, 2019

Roosevelt Island Sportspark Pool Will Close For Renovation In Early 2020 - Improvements Include Upgrades To Pool Filtration, Lobby, Locker Rooms, HVAC, ADA Compliance & More

A Roosevelt Island resident and Sportspark Pool


user asks:
I ran into a neighbor who said Sportspark is closing in January for 6 months.... Do you know anything?
According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC):
Phase 1 of Sportspark’s Renovation and Modernization Project will begin early 2020 and will focus on the pool wing of the facility. Improvements include a new HVAC system, new windows, interior renovations to meet ADA code, upgrades to the pool filtration system, lobby and locker room upgrades. These improvements will ensure that Sportspark remains an affordable, active and engaged resource to island residents.

As part of this renovation, the pool will be closed for public use. We did not accept any pool permit requests for the 2020 Spring and Summer seasons because we expect the pool to be closed for use through Fall 2020. A formal pool closure duration will be posted once the contractor is selected and a contract is executed. When it reopens, the pool will have new locker facilities, a modern dehumidification system, upgraded filtration system and new duct work that will allow staff greater control over the pool temperature and air quality.

As a reminder, RIOC has phased the work to minimize disruption of services to our patrons. During construction, the gymnasium and other west wing facilities will remain available for use. We appreciate your patience as we complete these necessary repairs.

We will provide the specific pool closure schedule later this month. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience during these necessary improvements.

RIOC President Says Citibike Is Coming To Roosevelt Island This Spring During Tree Lighting Remarks, Also Status Report On Roosevelt Island Construction And Renovation Projects

Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Susan Rosenthal delivered a report on various construction projects and infrastructure renovations to the the crowd of residents at the Tree Lighting Ceremony last Friday night. Ms Rosenthal also told the crowd that Citibke docking stations will be here this spring but no further details as to how many docks or their location.

Here's Ms Rosenthal's report at the Tree Lighting Ceremony.



UPDATE 1:30 - Apparently nothing new in the Citibike remarks.

According to RIOC Public Information Officer Terrence McCauley:

No more details, ... She was just talking about earlier reports that we were still exploring the possibility. We’re still waiting to hear back from Citi Bike, so nothing is imminent. No change in status from the last time we talked about it. We’ll keep you posted.
And Ms Rosenthal adds:
... No decisions have been made on locations. We are awaiting their proposal based upon their analyses and experience.

Roosevelt Island Resident Arrested For Felony Assault Running Over Foot Of Public Safety Office Writing A Ticket - Also Red Bus Accident With Illegally Parked Car At Tram Station, Why Was Tram Red Bus Stop Moved Ask Residents?

The Roosevelt Island Pubic Safety Department (PSD) Incident Report listed an assault Saturday afternoon:

12/07/19 – 1654 – 555 Main Street – Assault – PSD/EMS/NYPD responded – PSD arrested subject.
I asked the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) for additional details.

According to RIOC Public Information Officer Terrence McCauley:
A PSD officer’s foot was run over in the act of writing a ticket. The officer is recuperating from a foot injury but is expected to make a full recovery. The suspect was arrested and charged with felony assault on a peace officer. Additional charges may be pending.
Mr McCauley adds that the driver was a Roosevelt Island resident living at 555 Main Street.

Also, the Roosevelt Island Twitterverse reports on what appears to be an accident involving the Red Bus and a vehicle at the Tram Station Friday evening.

RIOC repled via Twitter with more details as to what happened.

The Twitterverse followed up asking why the Tram Red Bus North stop was changed.


UPDATE 12:25:

UPDATE 3:05 PM - From RIOC:

UPDATE 4:35

UPDATE 12;25 Also, RIOC announced today:
Re-Introducing RIOC: Transportation – Shelton Haynes, RIOC’s Chief Operating Officer along with Cy Opperman and Joe Marino of RIOC’s Transportation Department will be speaking at the Roosevelt Island Senior Center about the tram, the Red Bus and other transportation matters concerning our senior community. For more information on the event, please click here and feel free to spread the word

Friday, December 6, 2019

Santa Claus Comes To Roosevelt Island And Counts Down Lighting Of Holiday/Christmas Tree Tonight - Santa Was A Little Late Because Of Bridge Traffic


Estimates of approximately 450 - 500 people attended this evening's Roosevelt Island Holiday/Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on the Rivercross lawn. It was a wonderful evening.

Here's a small sammple - the arrival of Santa Claus and counting down to the Tree Lighting starting.



Click on the full screen icon at bottom right of video for better view.

More to come.

RIOC Announces Blackwell Park Dog Run Cancelled Due To Community Objections, Will Seek Alternative Space In Southtown Area - Temporary Riverwalk Dog Run Will Remain For Few More Months Due To Hudson Related Delay In Signing Ground Lease For Building 9

The location of a new Roosevelt Island Dog run took another turn during the December 4 Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Real Estate Development Advisory Committee (REDAC) December 4 meeting. RIOC President Susan Rosental reported that RIOC had listened to some community opposition

Image From Say No Blackwell Park Dog Run Petition

about placing the new Dog Run in Blackwell Park and decided to cancel that plan and seek a location in Southtown.

Ms Rosenthal added that the new location being sought in Southtown requires approval by the building's condo board but did not reveal the specific site. I learned later from a reliable source that the site is located behind either 415-425


or 455-465 Main Street,


between Main Street and the building's hedges.

In the event that approval is not given, RIOC will try to locate the Dog Run in the public commons area between the under construction Building 8 and Building 9,, which has not started construction yet.

Also,  Ms Rosenthal told the REDAC that RIOC will start from scratch regarding renovation of Blackwell Park including a new Request For Proposals.

According to this RIOC announcement:
After listening to public feedback, RIOC staff members and our partners at Hudson-Related are reviewing alternate locations for the proposed dog run at Blackwell Park.

One space under consideration will require co-operative board approval. We are also considering relocating the dog run back to the land between Riverwalk 8 and 9 where it was originally planned. While we continue to explore locations, we also intend to continue with previously announced improvements to the plaza at Blackwell House by replacing the pavers and by making incidental improvements.

RIOC will continue to keep the community informed on our progress.
Here's the REDAC Discussion of Dog Run issue.



Ms Rosenthal noted that the current Southtown Dog Run


will remain for a few more months because Riverwalk Building 9 construction has been delayed due to developer Hudson Related not yet ready to sign the Ground Lease. RIOC believes Hudson Related will be ready to sign ground lease by April. RIOC will collect a $1 million penalty from Hudson Related for not signing ground lease by end of this year.

Hudson Related declined to comment on the matter.

Roosevelt Island F Train Service To And From Manhattan This Weekend, Tram And Ferry Service Too And Watch Video Of MTA Rep Talking Roosevelt Island Subway Service

According to the MTA there will be Roosevelt Island F Train service


to and from Manhattan this weekend.

Both Roosevelt Island Tram cabins are operating and here's the NYC Ferry Roosevelt Island Astoria Route Winter Schedule. 

During June 13 Roosevelt Island Town Hall Meeting organized by Council Member Ben Kallos, MTA representative Markus Book spoke about Roosevelt Island F Train subway service. Watch the full MTA Roosevelt Island presentation below.