Roosevelt Island Dumb and Dumber is a special case because it’s not funny but plenty worse. Uncaring? Indifferent? Cruel? Take your pick, but it’s one of them.
By David Stone
Roosevelt Island Dumb and Dumber
For the record, this is not new. We spotted it first, last summer, when RIOC offered wheelchairs, not just stairs for navigating but alternated with a trip through mud into an active construction site. That makes it six months of stupid or indifferent, and who knows how much longer it will last?
What makes it worse, even egregious, is that these are the steps RIOC President/CEO Shelton J. Haynes bounces up every working day. While it’s true that the $216K per year exec gets an extraordinary amount of time away from the office, he still saw this at least a hundred times since seizing space in Blackwell House.
Behind this lovely preserved building, the state built a ramp for the physically challenged. But nowhere on any sidewalk surrounding Blackwell House is anyone directed there. Instead, a small muted sign faces away from the main sidewalk.
Because it’s been reported repeatedly for months, there is no doubt that Haynes and his crew are aware of this blatant insensitivity. So, in essence, benign cruelty must be part of the game. Thickheadedness pervades RIOC, but here, Roosevelt Island Dumb and Dumber goes beyond our worst expectations.
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