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Christmas Week Updates for Roosevelt Island

Updated 3 weeks ago David Stone
The Roosevelt Island Farmers Market as well as the Free Food Pantry will not return until 2021.
The Roosevelt Island Farmers Market as well as the Free Food Pantry will not return until 2021.
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Christmas week brings changes, and the impact is even greater with COVID-19 still controlling activities.

CANCELLATIONS: Both the Roosevelt Island Farmers Market and Free Food Pantry are closed until after the First of the Year. Normal operations are out for Christmas and New Year's weekends.

RIOC: Sunday afternoon, the insular state agency sent a barebones alert, "The Manhattan Side Tram Elevator is out of service until further notice. An advisory will be sent when service is restored."

Typically, no reason was given as RIOC has little interest in full disclosure or accountability. Do not expect them to actually send an advisory "when service is restored." They seldom do that. We will try keeping an eye on it, but physically challenged should reconsider transportation options.

Thursday's Snowstorm Aftermath: As many noticed, RIOC failed, once again -- it's a tradition, to clear snow from Red Bus stops. In most locations, you can safely exit only from the front, and in some north bound locations -- Westview, Motorgate Plaza and 40 River Road -- drivers have been letting passengers out in the street because all normal curbside exits remain piled up in snow, three days after the storm ended.

As with the Tram elevator shutdown, RIOC's insensitivity to physically challenged and elderly residents is appalling, if routine.

Finally, RIOC failed to notify residents when Main Street parking would be lifted, as we predicted, but we suspect it happened because cars are parked as usual without any tickets being issued. 

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