Thursday, September 23, 2010

Both New Tram Cabins Waiting

As seen this morning and newly washed by last night's rain storm both new Roosevelt Island Tram cabins sit across from Southtown's plaza waiting for their November service debut.

It was reported yesterday by the Roosevelt Islander that the October return to service date has now been delayed until November, three months after the original date POMA and RIOC promised.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

I ♥ Roosevelt Island Logo Challenge

The New York Times City Room blog is requesting New Yorkers submit their ideas for using the iconic “I ♥ NY” logo. My idea which I submitted this evening is above. It is not very original or creative but it is already up on the NYT site along with many amazing variations.

The Tram picture is actually that of Dan Dickinson. I am hoping he is ok with its use here.

If you have other ideas involving Roosevelt Island show off your Island pride and submit them to the NY Times and also to me as I will display them on this blog as they are received.

945am: Second New Roosevelt Island Tram being Uncrated Now..

Reports are the second tram cabin for Roosevelt Island is being uncrated as I type these word. Too bad I am at work and can't be there. Check back later for pictures from friends of RI360 at the scene.


Monday, September 20, 2010

FDR Four Freedoms Park Billboard ?

I have not been over to the East River from the Manhattan side to see if the FDR Four Freedoms Billboard is back again this year but with the park construction and the UN in session I am assuming it is somewhere.

And with the United Nations back in session I am also assuming the US Coast Guard gun boats are back as well. The picture above was taken last year during this time.

Fw: United Nations General Assembly

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From: RIOC Advisories
To: RIOC Advisories
Sent: Sep 20, 2010 10:39 AM
Subject: United Nations General Assembly

As a reminder the NYC DOT Bridge Operations Unit and Koch/Skanska Contractors will be manning the Roosevelt Island Bridge for the United Nations General Assembly. Security Zone closures of the west channel of the East River will be in effect. The crews will be on the bridge from September 20, 2010 to September 27, 2010 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.


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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

New Tram Cabin Arrives on Island !

One of the two new Tram cabins arrived on Roosevelt Island today. The ver helpful Judy Berdy forwarded a number of pictures to this blogger, the Roosevelt Islander and the Main Street WIRE.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

NY1: FDR Memorial Takes Shape on Roosevelt Island

NY1 is running a video regarding the ceremonies held at Southpoint park yesterday welcoming the first 25 granite blocks that will make up the Louis Kahn designed park and specificallt the "Room" that will sit at the foot of the new FDR Four Freedoms Park which is being built here on Roosevelt Island.

Link to the video HERE or above.

Voting Light at 715am at Roosevelt Island Polling Station

Voting this morning at the Roosevelt Island polling station was llight at 7:15am. I was only the15th voter for my electoral district. The individuals at the tables seemed pretty knowledgeable and not thrown by the new process. The same old signature books are in use.

The voting sheets were clearly understandable. The sheets could have used larger print fonts but each privacy voting area came equiped with a plastic magnifier sheet. I did not notice if there were privacy stations at wheel chair height as depicted above. I hope there were as they certainly are appropriate for our island.

My sheet was scanned quickly and without incident.

The polling station included about 4 election districts to which they had only two (2) scanning machines. Which was fiine for today when turnout is low but for a general election I am betting the scanning line will get long and they better bring more scanners.

All in all positive marks.

Note the above pictures are from the Board of Elections website as I forgot my camera this morning.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Waiting for the Tram as Magic School Bus

Last year at this time many Roosevelt Island kids began their morning commute to school via the Roosevelt Island Tram. With the current delays in getting the refurbished Tram back on line that was not to be. Perhaps we can look forward to Trick or Treating by Tram? Please please.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Roosevelt Island NYPL Branch Sees NO Reduction in Days or Hours

In the year that the NYPL almost took back its sixth day of library service, many branches are seeing reduced hours as a trade-off to keeping the sixth open day. But Roosevelt Island has been spared any cut back in hours and has been granted the abilty to not lose any hours for our residents to enjoy our local NYPL branch.

2006 Video re Hurricane Preparedness & Roosevelt Island

While it appears that Hurrican Earl will not be the be menace it was predicted for NYC the below post from February 19, 2009 is worth repeating. Most island residents still feel unsure what they would do in case of a hurricane hitting the island in light of our defined and limited ways off the island.....

As previously posted:

The above video is from a 2006 meeting regarding hurricane preparedness on Roosevelt Island. I stumbled upon it this evening and wanted obviously to post it here. The video was prepared by Manhattan Community Board 8 and was of a CB8M Public Safety meeting they held on Roosevelt Island in the Good Shepherd Community Center. The video is presented on a channel labeled CB8M Speaks.

I don't recall too many individuals feeling that the meeting answered all their questions but the video is clearly worth watching by all residents that were not there that afternoon.