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Monday, October 8, 2018

Giant RI Monument On Display At Tramway Plaza, Tell RIOC What You Think Of It Tomorrow From 5-7 PM - Roosevelt Island Historical Society President Gives Giant Thumbs Down To Eyesore And Urges Removal Soon

What do you think of the Giant RI Monument sign at the Roosevelt Island Tram Plaza?

You can tell Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) representatives tomorrow if you like the Giant RI letters or if you think it is an eyesore meant only for tourists to take photos. According to RIOC:
Stop by the new RI Welcome Sign next Tuesday October 9, say hi, enjoy some jazz and get a free gift.

From 5 p.m. - 7 p.m., the R.I. Jazz Collective will perform some tunes as residents and visitors get a chance to ask officials questions and share their opinions about the new 10-foot-monument of red letters which rests on the lawn in front of the Roosevelt Island Tram Station. New York City cultural photographer Angie Vasquez will capture the moments in photos and will be sharing gifs (animated files of the compressed images) to post on social media.

The Roosevelt Island Operating Committee’s Real Estate Committee voted February 27 to move forward on the sign’s fabrication. The monument is set to be displayed for a three-month trial period to allow a lengthier time, than the previous two one-day displays last winter, to gauge public opinion and comments.

In addition to the welcome sign, the much-needed and often-asked for wayfinding signs and information kiosks – which offer visitors additional information and directions to Island businesses and landmarks beyond the Tram – have also been installed.
Roosevelt Island Historical Society (RIHS) President Judy Berdy gives the Giant RI Monument a Giant Thumbs Down.

On the other hand:
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.

UPDATE 10/10 - Resident Janet Falk reports:
A reliable source said the tram operators have observed children climbing on the RI monument AND parents placing children on the monument. Then the parents take photos.

Who has liability insurance for the inevitable fall and broken body part?