June 2021 on Roosevelt Island, Graduate Hotel opening

June 2021 on Roosevelt Island, Pictures Tell the Story

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Pictures tell the story of June 2021 on Roosevelt Island as coronavirus restrictions mostly pulled away. But in many ways, it was like other Junes, a mix of good and bad, joy and disappointment. Let’s take a look.

By David Stone

The Roosevelt Island Daily

June 2021 on Roosevelt Island, In No Special Order

Campaign Advertising, Roosevelt Island Cleaners

New York City election season brought ranked choice voting, resulting in many more candidates. Each seemed to have at least one poster somewhere on Roosevelt Island.

June 2021 on Roosevelt Island, Roy Eaton is 91.
Vaccinated and restrictions lifted, 91 year old Roy Eaton.

Few stories were brighter, post pandemic, than find living legend Roy Eaton well and back into performances.

Saturday, June 19th, Roosevelt Island Subway Station.

Concerns rose over homeless people living at various levels inside and outside the subway station. But solutions are few, and RIOC apparently has no outreach plan.

Bench behind Roosevelt Landings, East Promenade

The state plans spending millions on an ill-advised bike lane along the East Promenade, yet they’re unable to clean up a bench in the area, covered with years of bird droppings.

RIOC’s patroon-like management ignored notifications about this ugly, unhealthful situation. Okay with them as long as bicycles are on the other side.

Roosevelt Island Day in 2021
Picnic Table Project, Roosevelt Island Day in 2021.

Shops On Main invited kids to decorate picnic tables in use in Good Shepherd Plaza for Roosevelt Island Day.

Wildlife Freedom Foundation Sanctuary, Southpoint Park

After the last natural habitat on Roosevelt Island was destroyed in favor of a Brooklyn Bridge Park North conversion, the Canadian Goose population raised goslings in the WFF sanctuary, the last refuge left.

Homeless under the Roosevelt Island Bridge Helix.

Without any homeless outreach plan at all, RIOC looked the other way as the victims sought safe spaces on Roosevelt Island in June 2021.

Dark fiber project for adding more cameras along the East Promenade.

Residents were promised no disruptions during dark fiber work along the East Promenade, but were shocked awake early one morning.

Bright Signs…

521 Main Street, June 2021 on Roosevelt Island

One of the brightest spots for Roosevelt Island, Island OM near opening, promises new foot traffic on Main Street.

Café @ Cornell Tech

Unusually powerful hot spells hit Roosevelt Island in June 2021. Here visitors scrunched under limited shade on the Cornell Tech campus.

June 2021 on Roosevelt Island, Graduate Hotel opening
Roosevelt Island Graduate Hotel opening

In June 2021, Roosevelt Island welcomed its first ever hotel. And the Graduate Hotel set a sweet tone with a violin duo while guests arrived.

FDR Hope Memorial

Ready to go for months, the long promised FDR Hope Memorial waited for a green light from RIOC allowing removal of this construction box shielding sculptures.

460 Main Street

Mid-month, June 2021, Roosevelt Island hosted a van offering free COVID vaccines for anyone, staying for a week at 460 Main Street.

Face masks

Restrictions lifted, and we were prepared for throwing away all those face masks, but not quite.

Early voting site at Sportspark

Rebecca Seawright worked at getting an early voting site for Roosevelt Island, and Judy Berdy rounded up volunteers. But for some reason, probably the location, few used the facility.

June 2021 on Roosevelt Island
Failing support post, former location of

And finally, in June 2021 on Roosevelt Island, we got a good idea about why RIOC failed to keep a bank on Main Street or attract a new one.

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