Closes Without Notice

Roosevelt Island Urgent Care Latest Main Street Retail Failure

Updated 15 weeks ago David Stone
Dangling, disconnected wires in abandoned Urgent Care office, today.
Dangling, disconnected wires in abandoned Urgent Care office, today.
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

Even Kamin Health's partners, Dr. Jack Resnick and Dr. Kathrine Grimm, known collectively as the "Roosevelt Doctors," were forced to scramble Monday, putting up signs in the front window 520 Main Street: Urgent Care is gone, but they aren't.

I got lucky, cutting off Urgent Care's advertising over six months ago, but Dick Lutz saw it coming long before I did. 

Back in 2016 when Lutz, who died a year ago, was training me through the transition of taking responsibility for the then thriving Main Street WIRE as publisher and editor, heard that Urgent Care was opening on Main Street, he speculated that Kamin Health must owe Hudson-Related a favor.

Otherwise, he wondered, why establish such a facility in a location where they'd never get enough local business to survive? 

Steven Simanowitz giving a tour at RI Urgent Care in better times.
Steven Simanowitz giving a tour at RI Urgent Care in better times.
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

Kamin Health worked hard, though, to make it work, bringing in Resnick and Grimm to help defray costs, but over time, empty chairs in the waiting room and reduced hours of operation told a different story.

The Daily was the first in with advertising, and in the community spirit, I recommended that Kamin advertise with the Roosevelt Islander blog. Between the two of us, we reached most Island residents and could advance their determination to make Islanders aware of their advantages.

Two years later, with Kamin far behind in paying for advertising, we at The Daily cut them off, promising to open space for them again if they got current. They never did, but in the end, we managed to collect 80% of what we believe Kamin owed us.

Businesses close for a variety of reasons, and often, there's more than a single factor. But reader comments convinced us some time ago that Roosevelt Island Urgent Care was not winning over enough residents. 

On Tuesday, logo and toys, evidence of Kamin Health's recent residency, remained.
On Tuesday, logo and toys, evidence of Kamin Health's recent residency, remained.
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

That said, apart from their business office, everyone I got to know at Kamin Health was comfortable to work with and committed to the task of providing quality health care.

Whether Dick Lutz was right or Kamin Health simply fell for the inflated census numbers, unrealistically high rents and promises of foot traffic that choked others before them we don't know. What we do know is that, along with Riverwalk Bar & Grill, they make the second major Main Street loss in a year -- with at least one more in perilous shape.

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In perspective, PupCulture opened on the day Urgent Care closed; three promised food venues, some announced years ago, remain nowhere near opening; and we're getting a new yoga studio in the fall. 

Bottom line is, we're a ways behind where we were a year ago as far as filling up Main Street Retail's Shops (Holes?) on Main.

And the rest of 2019 is far from certain.

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