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In new screw up, RIOC’s bold, confusing 4th of July parking restrictions

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4th of July parking restrictions, announced by RIOC on Saturday, are instantly contradictory, but at least they’re bold. Let’s give ’em credit and assume that’s a good thing. And also, Monday evening, they cleared up the main confusion concerning bridge access on just their third try.

By David Stone

The Roosevelt Island Daily News

4th of July Parking Restricts, Done the RIOC Way

To be clear, RIOC had not yet said anything about plans for fireworks viewing on Roosevelt Island, as reported earlier. But that changed on Monday, too, with a not quite complete but thoroughly disappointing announcement.

That said, here is their announcement, via email blast:

Editors note: the unpredictable us of ALL CAPS is all RIOC’s, and yes, we know the word salad that follows is unclear as well as hobbled by contradiction and misspelling.

Roosevelt Island Bridge Access and Parking on July 4th, 2021

“Be advised that there will be NO VEHICULAR TRAFFIC EXCEPT FOR EMERGENCY VEHCILES ALLOWED on the Roosevelt Island Bridge on Sunday, July 4th, 2021 from 11AM to 11PM.

Edit: On Monday evening, RIOC changed this to: “No vehicular traffic except for resident, emergency and delivery vehicles will be allowed on the Roosevelt Island Bridge, from 11 AM to 11 PM.

“• On Sunday, July 4th, 2021, visitor parking at the Motorgate garage will be limited to ensure adequate parking for residents and patrons with a monthly permit. Residents without a monthly access card should be prepared to show proof of residency when approaching the Roosevelt Island Bridge at Vernon Boulevard. Residents who need to park in Motorgate should arrive no later than 3PM, on Sunday, July 4th, 2021 to secure admittance.

“• Beginning on Friday, July 2nd, 2021 at 11PM THROUGH Monday, July 5th, 2021 at 11PM, there will be NO STREET PARKING South of the Tram station DUE TO THE JULY 4TH, 2021 FIREWORKS EVENT:
o AROUND THE ENTIRE CORNELL SITE (East / West Loop Roads and North / South Loop Roads)
o IN FRONT OF OR OPP 250 – 281 MAIN ST”

While RIOC, in fact, says, “NO VEHICULAR TRAFFIC EXCEPT FOR EMERGENCY VEHCILES,” will be allowed on the bridge, after 11:00 a.m., they also say that residents hoping for parking in Motorgate should arrive by 3:00.

That’s four hours after the bridge is closed to them.

And residents with a monthly parking pass must “show proof of residency when approaching the Roosevelt Island Bridge at Vernon Boulevard.”

Even though they will not be allowed on the bridge.

Finally, on Monday, in a larger event announcement, RIOC said resident vehicles will, also, be allowed on the bridge.

We don’t know why RIOC bans all parking south of the Tram Station, two days before the “2021 FIREWORKS EVENT…” But, as they say, it is what it is, and at least, it’s clear.

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