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Monday, May 20, 2019

RIOC Begins Phased Repairs To The Roosevelt Island Motorgate Garage Starting June 1 - Repair Concrete Surfaces, Install Slip Resistant Topping, Upgrade Drainage System, Waterproofing, Re-Striping, Install Electric Car Charging Stations & More

As reported May 7, the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) will soon start repairs to the Motorgate Garage.

 Today, RIOC announced that work on the Motogate Garage will begin June 1.

According to RIOC:
Motorgate Garage Improvements to Begin Week of June 3rd

As announced on April 30, 2019, a phased renovation for the Motorgate garage will be starting shortly. The improvements will address deficiencies in the space. The work will be phased to allow for the continued use of the garage as construction progresses.

What’s happening:
  • Repair concrete surfaces to remove cracked, spalled, and delaminated concrete.
  • Install slip resistant topping coating as needed.
  • Replace the existing expansion joint material.
  • Repair & upgrade the existing drainage system.
  • Apply a waterproofing system on the parking deck, ramps, walkways, and curbs.
  • Re-stripe the parking spaces and install new wayfinding signage.
  • Install electric car charging stations.
What to expect and when:

Effective June 1, 2019 and throughout construction of sections 3D, 4D, 5D, 6D, 7D & 8D, monthly rates for patrons with reserved parking spaces will be adjusted accordingly.

Beginning June 3, 2019, sections 3D, 4D, 5D, 6D, 7D & 8D in the south building will be closed.  No parking is allowed in these sections after midnight on June 2, 2019. Violators will be towed.

As a reminder, we expect phase 1 work to be completed in the fall of 2019. No work will occur during the winter months. Construction activities will resume in spring 2020. We anticipate completion of all construction activities in the fall of 2020.

What residents can do to help:
  • Your continued patience and cooperation is appreciated as we require residents to temporarily relocate their vehicles within the garage.
  • Please observe and comply with temporary modifications to both vehicular and pedestrian traffic patterns.
  • For your safety, please stay out of construction areas and other areas as posted.
Community advisories with detailed updates on the Motorgate garage improvements will be sent out as the project progresses. To receive alerts visit and sign up for Island Community Advisories.
Here's the May 9 RIOC Operations Advisory Committee meeting discussion

of the Motorgate Garage repairs.

Roosevelt Island Picnic Tables And BBQ Grills In Octagon Park Now Open After DEP Water Tunnel Access Road Fencing Removed Last Friday After Many Months Delay And Closed For More Than A Year

Last Friday May 17, after many months and delays, the NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Water Tunnel Access Road fence

surrounding the Octagon Park picnic tables and BBQ Grills was removed

and the area opened up

for use.

The next day, on a beautiful Saturday afternoon, the Octagon Picnic Tables

and BBQ grills

were being enjoyed.

There is currently a fence blocking access to the waterfront promenade adjacent to the Octagon Building

during the repair of the seawall in the area.

SPONSORED POST - You're Invited To Roosevelt Island Summer Outdoor Grilling Coming To The Cafe @Cornell Tech Every Wednesday 2-5 PM Starting May 22 - Come For The Tasty Meals Paired With The Perfect Beer And Great East River Waterfront Views

The Roosevelt Island Cafe @Cornell Tech will be welcoming summer with weekly outdoor grilling hours every Wednesday, starting May 22

According to the Cafe @Cornell Tech:









Come enjoy Wednesday afternoon outdoor grilling and a beer, or two,

with the folks from Cafe @Cornell Tech Constellation Culinary Team on the spacious Roosevelt Island campus patio

and enjoy the gorgeous East River waterfront views.

Also, check out the weekly Cafe @Cornell Tech Monday -Friday menus.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Help Save A Life - Roosevelt Island RIRA & RISA Blood Drive Advanced Sign Up Saturday May 18, 25 & June 1 At Good Shepherd Plaza Farmers Market - Blood Donation On June 8 Roosevelt Island Day

You can help save a life by donating blood.

The Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) will be signing up volunteer donors at Good Shepherd Plaza next to the Saturday Farmers Market tomorrow and the next 3 Saturdays for the annual Roosevelt Island Day June 8 Blood Drive hosted by the Roosevelt Island Seniors Association (RISA).

According to this year's RIRA Roosevelt Island Blood Drive Committee Chair Janine Schaefer
RIRA Blood Drive

Sponsored by Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) and hosted by Roosevelt Island Seniors Association (RISA)

The Blood drive is a big part of Roosevelt Island Day and has been an annual event for years. Volunteers will be sitting at Farmer's Market every Saturday from May 18th until the day of the event June 8th, to help people to sign up to donate in person from 10am to 4pm at the Community Room Senior Center 546 Main Street.

RIRA donated 36 pints of blood positively affecting the lives of over 105 New Yorkers in June 2018. If each donor this year brings a colleague, a family member, a friend or foe. We can double these results.


All donors must provide identification and should eat and be well hydrated prior to blood donation. Appointments are appreciated, but walk-ins welcome.

There is also a link for making online appointments for donating blood during the June 8 Roosevelt Island Day.
Here's a report from 2018 Roosevelt Island blood drive including video explaining how to donate

by two of the RIRA volunteers, Frank Farance and Bafode Drame.

Please help if you can - Donate Blood

Must Be Heaven? Good News For Roosevelt Island Transportation This Weekend - F Train Service To And From Manhattan, Both Tram Cabins Working And East River Ferry Service For Fourth Weekend In A Row

Good news, for the fourth week in a row, Roosevelt Island residents will have weekend F Trains running to and from Manhattan, both Tram Cabins operating as well as the East River Astoria Route Ferry service.

The new NYC Ferry 2019 Ferry Summer Schedule starts Monday

as well as service to the Brooklyn Navy Yard on the Roosevelt Island Astoria route.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Giant RI Monument Eyesore Returns To Roosevelt Island Tram Plaza After Repairs, Ugghhhhh - 3 Month Trial Period Over, Let's Get Rid Of It Or At Least Move To Middle Of Island For Tourist Instagram Photo Moment

Sadly, the Giant RI Monument Sign in front of the Roosevelt Island Tram Station that was removed for repairs several weeks ago returned yesterday

so that tourists can take pictures for, as described by Hudson Related and the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC), an "Instagram Moment".

The Giant RI Monument Eyesore was installed in October 2018 against the objections of many residents - though there are some residents who say they like it. As reported at the time:
... Hopefully, this Gigantic Eyesore, initiated by Roosevelt Island real estate developer Hudson Related, and opposed by the Roosevelt Island Residents Association, will be removed at the end of the 3 month trial period....
The  3 month trial period is over. It's up to the resident RIOC Board Members on the Real Estate Development Advisory Committee to decide if the Eyesore stays or goes. Make a decision.

Or at least try moving it to another Roosevelt Island location such as Blackwell Plaza

or Mediation Steps

where it does not obstruct sight views and might encourage tourists to visit the middle of the Island for their Instagram Photo.