Infrastructure and Construction Everywhere

August 2018, Roosevelt, the Island of Construction

Updated 7 weeks ago David Stone
The Roosevelt Island Bridge Helix Repair Project is weeks overdue and is again creating traffic congestion on both sides.
The Roosevelt Island Bridge Helix Repair Project is weeks overdue and is again creating traffic congestion on both sides.
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Last year, around this time, I posted an article, Roosevelt Island on the Tipping Point of Change. Cornell Tech neared Phase 1 opening; NYC Ferry, with its first Roosevelt Island bound boat just weeks away, was busy constructing a landing; and materials were in place for beginning Tram platform repairs. That now looks like a starter kit.

With much of the construction accelerated by RIOC President/CEO Susan Rosenthal's avowed determination to get after neglected infrastructure projects, the signs of change are just about everywhere and will eventually extend from one end of the Island to the other.

Here's a sampling: 

The most extensive work involves fixing the Roosevelt Island seawall railings. It's a top to bottom project.
The most extensive work involves fixing the Roosevelt Island seawall railings. It's a top to bottom project.
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Blackwell House rehabilitation continues after a year long drive for authenticity.
Blackwell House rehabilitation continues after a year long drive for authenticity.
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At Cornell Tech, the look of the future.
At Cornell Tech, the look of the future.
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August 2018, Roosevelt, the Island of Construction
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A conference center and hotel are rising above the Cornell Tech campus entrance.
A conference center and hotel are rising above the Cornell Tech campus entrance.
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Within a week, pre-dug holes in strategic locations should support long-awaited information kiosks in multiple locations around the Island
Within a week, pre-dug holes in strategic locations should support long-awaited information kiosks in multiple locations around the Island
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Roosevelt Island Racquet Club undergoes a facelift.
Roosevelt Island Racquet Club undergoes a facelift.
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Foundation being laid for the RI Welcome Monument, set to go up later in August.
Foundation being laid for the RI Welcome Monument, set to go up later in August.
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