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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Where to Park Car On Roosevelt Island And How Much Does It Cost - RIOC Eliminates Overnight Street Parking Fees

Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Public Information Officer Alonza Robertson reports today (pictures are from Roosevelt Islander):

Roosevelt Island residents can now park their cars overnight for free in any of the Islands’ 225 street parking slots.

Free off-meter parking will apply to any vehicle parked on the street from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

During daytime and early evening hours, drivers must still pay and display a parking slip, from a parking meter machine,

on their dashboard. The cost will remain 50 cents for each 15 minutes Monday through Saturday; free all -day Sunday.

The MotorGate garage, which has more than 1,300 parking spaces, will continue to host monthly and daily parking customers at its current rates.
Mr Robertson adds:
Parking Spaces on Main Street, Roosevelt Island

West side of Riverwalk buildings

31 (out of 34, 3 spaces being designated loading and unloading) parking spaces on the West side (From meditation steps to the tram) These spaces are currently at the rate of two dollars per hour (15 minutes for 50 cents) with a Maximum 2 hour limit.

From 501 Main Street to 625 Main Street, there are 40 parking spaces with a Maximum 45 minutes limit at a rate of 15 minutes for 50 cents.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Bubble Cool Cafe Owner Brings New Roosevelt Island Food Truck To Main Street Tonight - Serves Chicken, Beef, Pork & Shrimp Dishes

A new Food Truck made it's Roosevelt Island debut this evening on Main Street across from Starbucks

The new Food Truck is owned by the same people who own the Bubble Cool Bubble Tea Cafe

and serve Chicken, Shrimp, Beef and Pork box servings with rice, salad and soup.

During the afternoon, the Truck is located in the Bryant Park area and will come to Roosevelt Island for dinner hours.

The new Roosevelt Island Food truck is not named yet and pricing not known.

Welcome to Roosevelt Island.

With A Litlle Bit Of Snow, Roosevelt Island Kids Will Sled On Anything This Year - Will Cornell Tech Campus Hills Be Available For Sledding Next Year?

It a nice warm day today so difficult to think about having fun in the snow.

However, Roosevelt Island kids anticipated a fun day of sledding for last Saturday at the Southtown Hill based upon weather predictions of up to 7 inches of snow.

We did not get much of a snowfall but that didn't stop some adventurous Roosevelt Island kids from sledding on the Souththown Hill snow/dirt mixture.

The Southtown Sledding Hill will be gone by next winter as construction on Southtown Riverwalk Building 8 is expected to be underway.

With the loss of the Southtown Hill, where will Roosevelt Island kids be able to sled?

How about the sloping hills

of the Cornell Tech campus? 

Roosevelt Island resident Joyce Short asked that question during the January 25 Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech Community & Construction Task Force meeting.

Cornell Tech Director of Operations Floyd Young replied that the grass on the campus hills are still developing so they need to keep people off the grass.

But once they are developed in a year to a year and a half, Cornell Tech will revisit the idea of sledding on the campus hills.

Maybe an Olympic Skeleton sledder

medal winner will come from Roosevelt Island?

Roosevelt Island Youth Center Contract And Seawall Repair Negotiations On Agenda For Executive Session At RIOC Operations Advisory Committee Meeting February 27 - Gallery RIVAA Public Purpose Funds Modification In Public Session

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Operations Advisory Committee will meet Tuesday, February 27. Among the items on the Agenda is the Youth Center Operator Contract

 The discussion will be held in Executive Session closed to the public. The seawall railing item will also be held in Executive Session.

According to RIOC:
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a meeting of the Operations Advisory Committee Meeting of the RIOC Board of Directors will be held on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 5:30 P.M. at the RIOC Administrative Office, 591 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, New York.


1. Discussion of Modification of Public Purpose Fund Grant to RIVAA Gallery.

Chair’s Motion for Executive Session to Discuss:
Legal Matters in Connection with the Youth Center Operator Contract Award
Seawall Repair Negotiations.
According to the NY State Open Meetings Law:
§100. Legislative declaration.

It is essential to the maintenance of a democratic society that the public business be performed in an open and public manner and that the citizens of this state be fully aware of and able to observe the performance of public officials and attend and listen to the deliberations and decisions that go into the making of public policy. The people must be able to remain informed if they are to retain control over those who are their public servants. It is the only climate under which the commonweal will prosper and enable the governmental process to operate for the benefit of those who created it....
... §103. Open meetings and executive sessions.
(a) Every meeting of a public body shall be open to the general public, except that an executive session of such body may be called and business transacted thereat in accordance with section one hundred five of this article....
... §105. Conduct of executive sessions.
1. Upon a majority vote of its total membership, taken in an open meeting pursuant to a motion identifying the general area or areas of the subject or subjects to be considered, a public body may conduct an executive session for the below enumerated purposes only, provided, however, that no action by formal vote shall be taken to appropriate public moneys:
a. matters which will imperil the public safety if disclosed;
b. any matter which may disclose the identity of a law enforcement agent or informer;
c. information relating to current or future investigation or prosecution of a criminal offense which would imperil effective law enforcement if disclosed;
d. discussions regarding proposed, pending or current litigation;
e. collective negotiations pursuant to article fourteen of the civil service law;
f. the medical, financial, credit or employment history of a particular person or corporation, or matters leading to the appointment, employment, promotion, demotion, discipline, suspension, dismissal or removal of a particular person or corporation;
g. the preparation, grading or administration of examinations; and
h. the proposed acquisition, sale or lease of real property or the proposed acquisition of securities, or sale or exchange of securities held by such public body, but only when publicity would substantially affect the value thereof.
2. Attendance at an executive session shall be permitted to any member of the public body and any other persons authorized by the public body....

Monday, February 19, 2018

No F, But There Is Roosevelt Island Subway Service To Manhattan Via The R This President's Day Weekend - MTA Did Not Tell Us

Reported last Friday that there is no Roosevelt Island F Train service to Manhattan this President's Day weekend.

But, apparently there is R Train service

 Image From MTA

from Roosevelt Island to Manhattan this weekend and the MTA did not inform us.

According to the Roosevelt Island Twitterverse:

Friday, February 16, 2018

RIOC President Susan Rosenthal Reports To The Roosevelt Island Community - Tram Maintenance, Cultural Center Re-Opens, Farmers Market Re-Locates Temporarily To Good Shepherd Plaza & Blackwell House Renovation

Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Susan Rosenthal reports to the community:

The Roosevelt Island Tram is a beautiful symbol of our Island. Riding it to work every day is one of the best parts of my job as president of the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation. Besides the majestic views from almost 300 feet above the East River, the Tram, and the Red Bus (which I also ride daily) is a fun way to listen to and observe the diversity of people, ages, gender, languages and cultures who visit and live here.

More than 1.35 million people rode the Tram last year and like any other machinery, with that amount of volume, it requires mandatory maintenance and preventive safety inspections. Some of that work happened overnight earlier this month and beginning February 26, we’ll undertake more, one car at a time for six days. While I apologize for the inconvenience, this work is necessary. The Tram’s operations team is diligent about their work ensuring that the Island’s signature icon is and remains safe to ride.

And just in case you were wondering, unlike the New York City subways, once the Tram operator engages the engine button, there is no way for the driver to re-open the door even if you’re running up at the last minute to board and the Tram is still in the station. So please, don’t be angry at the operators.


On Feb. 5, the Island’s cultural center re-opened after being closed for a month to allow for a mold remediation.

Last fall, RIOC contracted with two environmental testing companies to sample and assess air and physical samples throughout the center to detect for mold samples. Small amounts of mold were found on the ballet room’s ceiling and floor as well as in the center’s media room. The spores that were found are common to indoor environments worldwide. Nonetheless, we ordered a complete fumigation, humidification and cleaning of the entire building; and had the services performed when the center had the least amount of community need.

Subsequent testing found no detectable mold reservoirs in any of the areas sampled. In fact, samples taken outside the center found mold in the air almost 33 times higher than all the indoor samples. We are happy to report the cultural center is back in business for hosting and use by all Island organizations.


How sweet would it be if every RIOC decision to make a change on the Island was loved by everybody? Unlikely; unless it’s the relocation of the Farmers Market. Hear me out.

The repair to the Helix roadway and platform is going to take four months to complete. No longer could the Farmers Market vendors set up shop on Saturdays in the underpass. After careful consideration, we chose the plaza of the Chapel of the Good Shepherd to be the most logical place aesthetically and strategically.

The plaza is beautiful and is centrally located. This change will bring energy to Main Street and may even encourage more activities there in the future.


Roosevelt Island’s most historic landmark, Blackwell House, is undergoing a complete interior structural renovation not a restoration as some may have thought.

That designation is important because when the work is finished, the farmhouse, originally built in 1796, will be a modern structure with handicap accessibility and HVAC, telecommunications, electrical, plumbing modifications to code and kitchen upgrades. RIOC intends to use the building for a variety of community programs and activities including small group exhibitions, receptions and meetings. Part of Blackwell’s second floor will become the new office home for the Roosevelt Island Historical Society and the Island’s growing library of document archives.

A portion of the $1.4 million renovation cost is being subsidized by a $364,000 grant from the City of New York that the Historical Society solicited and won. The project is expected to be completed in June 2018.

Exciting upgrades to the Blackwell House courtyard and playground are expected to begin later in the spring and fall of this year.


I sincerely hope that you are enjoying reading this column to learn more about what RIOC is doing and planning. Remember, I look forward to answering any, and all, of your questions directly. Send them to me at Until next time, be well, stay safe and see you at the next RIOC Board of Directors meeting on March 1.