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RIOC Racing To The Finish Line For FIGMENT NYC In Lighthouse Park

Updated 4 weeks ago David Stone
FIGMENT NYC 2019 advance crew begins setting up its main structure, this week.
FIGMENT NYC 2019 advance crew begins setting up its main structure, this week.
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Just over a month ago, finishing off projects to rejuvenate Lighthouse Park, after years of neglect, in time for the opening of FIGMENT NYC 2019 on June 1st looked like a stretch. But we saw yesterday that RIOC's proved to be up to the match as the participatory art project began taking shape.

RIOC is poised to pile success on top of success achieved in landing FIGMENT NYC 2019 for Roosevelt Island, prying it away from the only other home it's ever known on Governors Island in New York harbor.

Lighthouse Park welcomes visitors with fresh landscaping transforming an area that had begun to seem, charitably, tired.
Lighthouse Park welcomes visitors with fresh landscaping transforming an area that had begun to seem, charitably, tired.
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After severe weather led to the removal of all but one from a vibrant grove of willows, the area sat in decline until RIOC recently spruced it up with fresh plantings.

A legacy of last years badly managed contaminated water crisis, water fountains in the park remain dry, a year later.
A legacy of last years badly managed contaminated water crisis, water fountains in the park remain dry, a year later.
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Roosevelt Island's historic lighthouse, finally unobstructed by protective fencing again, stands guard for passing vessels in Hell Gate.
Roosevelt Island's historic lighthouse, finally unobstructed by protective fencing again, stands guard for passing vessels in Hell Gate.
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Although crews have worked hard on completion, some sections of the seawall railings are still incomplete.
Although crews have worked hard on completion, some sections of the seawall railings are still incomplete.
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

One of my first assignments for the now defunct Main Street WIRE exposed the deteriorated condition of seawall railings in Lighthouse Park. Finally, over ten years later, a RIOC administration determined to catch up on infrastructure got the job done.

Where last month we saw piles of upturned earth and a large grader we now find replacement bridges over the small, but dangerous tidal pool.
Where last month we saw piles of upturned earth and a large grader we now find replacement bridges over the small, but dangerous tidal pool.
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

 

A crew is busy working on new seawall railings before crowds begin walking up to Lighthouse Park for FIGMENT NYC 2019.
A crew is busy working on new seawall railings before crowds begin walking up to Lighthouse Park for FIGMENT NYC 2019.
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

 

New seawall railings, long overdue, protect visitors through nearly all of the park.
New seawall railings, long overdue, protect visitors through nearly all of the park.
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily
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