Getting to Look like Main Street

Hey, RIOC! Who's minding the store? Part 5 / Riverwalk Commons

Updated 43 weeks ago David Stone
Hey, RIOC! Who's minding the store? Part 5 / Riverwalk Commons
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As I sat down to write the latest installment of Hey, RIOC! Who's minding the store? the tune It's Getting to Look a Lot Like Christmas came to mind, substituting "Main Street" for the holiday. But that's not fair. Main Street never looks as derelict as Riverwalk Commons did yesterday.

Personal possessions abandoned after an apparently homeless person abandoned quarters in Riverwalk Commons remained all day, prompting this reader complaint:

This morning one of the benches in the plaza between 455 and 425 Main Street (closest to the bus stop) was covered in trash, including bags tied to the bench, a wet pillow, and clothing items. At 1:00 pm the bench was still covered in this trash, so I contacted Public Safety, who assured me they will get in touch with RIOC cleaners who are responsible for this area. At 8:45 pm this evening the bench still has not been cleaned up, so I called Public Safety again. When I told our building staff at 455 about this, they were nice enough to volunteer to go and clean it up, instead of waiting for whatever RIOC response will be tomorrow morning.

This is a potential health and safety issue, and I would hope to see a more swift response from the corporation that's responsible for keeping our community clean and safe. Further, this is a heavily trafficked area where many families play with their kids, and this kind of situation is not acceptable.

I do hope to receive an explanation for RIOC's inaction. 

Sadly, that complaint came in on Friday morning. I shot the above photo on Saturday at around 1:00. 

Hey, RIOC! Who's minding the store? Part 5 / Riverwalk Commons
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

Humorously, though, business cards from real estate brokers were added to the mess.

And only 20 yards away, the subway plaza was decorated with trash distributed by a Roosevelt Island resident in search of goodies in the heap.

Hey, RIOC! Who's minding the store? Part 5 / Riverwalk Commons
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

Late afternoon, the situation remained unchanged.

With Riverwalk Commons now as depressed with empty storefronts as Main Street, neglectful maintenance seems to have become part of the bargain.

Hey, RIOC! Why are you allowing this kind of quality of life degradation on our Island?


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