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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Soar Like A Bird High Over Roosevelt Island - Fantastic Aerial View Of Lighthouse Park, East River Waterfront, Long Island City, Randall's Island & More

Click full screen icon at bottom right for a GREAT VIEW!!!

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Why Was Roosevelt Island F Subway Station Footpath And Ferry Dock Entrance Not Salted And Slippery Mess Today Asks Twitterverse - Gets Response From State Senator Serrano And NYC Ferry

The Roosevelt Island Twitterverse asks why Roosevelt Island subway station and ferry dock not salted and cleared of snow today.

And gets response.


It's A Snow Day, But Where Do Roosevelt Island Kids Go Sledding This Year After Southtown Riverwalk Hill Shut Down For New Construction?

Today was one of those rare snow days this year when Roosevelt Island kids could go sledding.

But where would they go now that the Southtown  Riverwalk sledding hill

is no more due to the construction

of Riverwalk Building 8?

Some suggestions from residents include hills in Blackwell Park, 546 Main Street courtyard and back of 560 Main Street.

In February 2018, Cornell Tech was asked if hills on their campus

could be used by Roosevelt Island kids for sledding. At the time Cornell Tech 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....

Happy Roosevelt Island sledding - Somewhere?

UPDATE 8:30 PM - Sledding down Southtown Riverwalk Hill in 2015.

Roosevelt Island Octagon Sports Field Construction Update, Lighthouse Bridge Repair, Sportspark Design, Motorgate, Tram Track Rope & Gift Of Art Sculpture (Giant Dollar Sign) Among Items On February 21 RIOC Operations Committee Meeting Agenda

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Operations Advisory Committee is meeting tomorrow, February 21.

 According to RIOC:
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a meeting of the Operations Advisory Committee of the RIOC Board of Directors will be held on Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 5:00 P.M. at RIOC Capital Planning and Projects Office, 680 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, New York.


5:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.:
Chair’s Motion for Executive Session to Discuss:
a. Pending Litigation
b. Vendor’s Performance under the Contract Financial History of Corporation

6:00 P.M.:
1. Gift of Art Sculpture
2. Landscaping Request for Proposal
3. Lighthouse Bridge Repair (Emergency)
4. Tram Track Rope Project
5. Octagon Field Construction award
6. Sportspark Design Request for Proposal
7. Blackwell House Interior Restoration for Saratoga Associates Change Order 4 & 5
8. Motorgate Assessment and Graphics - Lawrence Group
9. 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.
My understanding is that the art sculpture gift is a large 30 foot statue of a Dollar Bill sited on land next to Octagon Field near the Tom Otterness Marriage of Real Estate and Money sculptures in East River.

More on the Octagon Field closure and community protest at prior post.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Watch Roosevelt Island F Train Subway Station Platform Get A Soapy Wash And Cleaning

Here's how the MTA cleans the Roosevelt Island F Train Subway platform.

According to this January 20, 2019 MTA Press Release:


The car and station heavy duty cleaning program is an essential component of the Subway Action Plan and coordinates with other Subway Action Plan initiatives. It was launched in December 2018 and work is getting underway this month. The Subway Action Plan allocated approximately $200 million to the overall car and station program. This element of the car and station program involves numerous contractors to perform a one-time blitz targeting 100 priority stations and up to 3,000 cars - for intensive cleaning and refurbishment. Funded by the Subway Action Plan, the plan is to show demonstrable results over the next several months. Once refurbished, regular procedures can maintain the higher level of condition and service. An additional goal of the program is to give NYC Transit and its permanent workforce insight into new techniques, processes and materials that may enhance NYC Transit’s operations for many years to come.
UPDATE 4:15 PM - The Twitterverse asks:

Monday, February 18, 2019

Resident Reports Car Chase, Reckless Driving Donut Spinning, And Possible Gun Seen At Roosevelt Island Tram Station Circle Last Saturday Night - RIOC Public Safety Asks Anyone With Info To Contact PSD

Last Saturday night, a Roosevelt Island resident reported the following incident at the  Roosevelt Island Tram Circle (picture taken Sunday afternoon).

According to the resident:
Did anyone else just hear or witness the explosive noise (and subsequent smoke) near the north side of the tram station? My concierge thought it involved a car chase and someone else thought she saw a gun.

The concierge says the main car spinning out over and over was a high end Mercedes. I could only see the smoke (after the noise) off to the east side of my bldg and at least 2 men run to a red truck, get in the truck, and drive off super fast.

The concierge says someone was outside walking their dog while the main car (Mercedes?) was doing circles, and she thought they were pointing guns at one another. The smell of burning rubber was in our building after that.

After I visited with the concierge about it, I came back to my apartment and 30 minutes later decided I should let the Roosevelt Island police know about the red car that I could see out my window (not the main car involved per the concierge). When I called the police to give the details he said that their patrol had just completed, and the area was fine. I tried again to explain that the incident was 45 minutes prior but that I thought they should be on the look-out for the types of cars involved. The person I was speaking with was not interested in details.

It was 10:30pm on a warm Saturday night so anyone could have been hit through recklessness (if that is all it was). I wish the police had been interested in hearing these details.
A Tram rider saw the incident and added:
It was some lunatic doing donuts with their car at the roundabout near the tram. It happened as I was boarding it earlier.

I saw the tire marks very clearly from the tram cabin. Likely someone recklessly showing off their new ride. Some people really don't deserve a license.
Another witness reported seeing a car speeding down East Main Street past Riverwalk Building at over 50 mph.

Roosevelt Island Public Safety Department Chief Jack McManus asks anyone with any information to please contact the Public Safety Department at 212-832-4545.