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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Roosevelt Island Tram Service Operating On Regular Service Schedule With Both Cabins Starting Monday Morning December 18 Says RIOC - But Work Still Remains To Complete The Tram Platform Repair Project

The Roosevelt Island Parents' Network asked:
Some parents are asking about progress of tram maintenance. Could you please help me find out if it'll finish as promised or will need to take longer?
Good news for Roosevelt Island Tram riders. Both Tram cabins will be in operation tomorrow morning, December 18.

 Image of Roosevelt Island Tram Station Sunday December 17

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC):
As of 6:00AM on Monday, December 18, 2017, both tram cars will be in service operating on their regular schedule. The temporary Red Bus shuttle service that was offered during the tram platform renovation will no longer be in operation.

Tram platform repairs will still be on going. From December 18th through December 29th , it will be necessary for contractors to use one tram car between 6:30AM and 7:00AM, as well as between 2:00PM and 2:30PM daily. These are the only anticipated deviations from the regular tram operating schedule.

Both tram cars will remain in operation until the spring. RIOC anticipates that only one tram will be in operation for a period of three weeks to complete the renovations during that period.

We thank you for your patience and wish you a happy holiday season.
The Roosevelt Island Tram Platform repair project began July 24.  The station repair project often resulted in very, very long lines due to only a single cabin operating, frustrating many Roosevelt Island residents with the inconvenience. In August::
...  the RIOC Board approved an expenditure of up to an additional $160,000 to extend the Tram Station repairs work week to include Saturday's.

According to RIOC Engineering Consultant Mike Russo, the extended work week will save at a minimum 30 days on the project's schedule. Mr. Russo said he hoped the Tram Station repairs will be completed before the end of 2017....
RIOC said both Tram Cabins will return to service by the end of 2017 and it looks like that will happen. An early Christmas/Chanukah holiday present for Roosevelt Island residents.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Mold From Leaking Water Closes Roosevelt Island Cultural Center For Repairs & Maintenance Says RIOC From January 2- February 5, 2018

According to this advisory today from the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RICO):

Please be advised that The Cultural Center will be closed for planned maintenance & repairs from January 2nd – February 5th 2018. During this time no access shall be granted to the space. We thank you in advance for you cooperation.
Image Of Roosevelt Island Cultural Center Entrance

In response my November 10 inquiry following the November 9 RIOC Real Estate Advisory Committee (REDAC) meeting which discussed the Cultural Center mold issue, RIOC Vice President Of Operations Shelton Haynes replied:
As mentioned in the REDAC meeting last week, RIOC had the Cultural Center tested for mold that developed because of recurring leaks over a period of time. The test results revealed a low-grade, non-harmful, mold located in multiple rooms of the facility. RIOC has taken measures to remediate the mold out of an abundance of caution to our occupants and patrons of the Cultural Center. A portion was remediated in late October and the second phase will occur when the building is unoccupied in January. 
Here is the RIOC REDAC meeting discussion with RIOC Engineering Consultant Mike Russo, Mr. Haynes and Roosevelt Island Jewish Congregation (RIJC) President Nina Lubin.

The RIJC is one of the occupants of the Cultural Center, together with the Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance among others, who will not be able to use the space during the mold remediation.

The Cultural Center had been closed for almost 3 years following  the 2012Hurricane Sandy flooding and has undergone extensive renovation during that time.

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You're Invited To Roosevelt Island Hope Church Annual Candlelight Christmas Service Sunday December 17 At Good Shepherd

Roosevelt Island Hope Church Pastor Dan Sadlier reports:

Join us for Hope's annual Candlelight Christmas Service. Every year Hope gathers to celebrate the story of Christmas and its implications on life today in NYC. Celebrate the Christmas season with family and friends from around the city by joining us at our 4:30PM family friendly celebration with a catered meal to follow.

Sunday, December 17th | 4:30PM
Chapel of the Good Shepherd | 543 Main Street

More information about the Roosevelt Island Hope Church available at their web site.

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