On 4-24-21, Roosevelt Island, awash in the last round of cherry blossoms, welcomed a fresh flood of visitors. Hundreds of visitors enjoyed our Island, but something was missing. And it wasn’t anything new.
RIOC posted a Weekend Safety Plan, late Friday afternoon, that may serve as a map for handling future events. After seeming unprepared for last weekend’s cherry blossom crowds and stung by critics over an upcoming repeat, RIOC mapped a plan.
A big transit disaster looms for this weekend as deep thinkers at the MTA cancel all subway services. Cherry blossom season’s end on Roosevelt Island comes in a couple of days, but getting here — or leaving — threatens disaster.
Is RIOC’s new leader, Shelton Haynes, unfit for the job? He doesn’t think so. “I would expect more respect and appreciation for all of the work we do,” he said. That was the last line in an angry public email, attacking historian Judith Berdy.
Every year, Roosevelt Island’s cherry blossoms draw photographers from around the world. Thousands of shots have been taken, yet many people, cameras in hand, point and shoot the new season.
“I like to walk there early in the morning at sunrise and take landscape photos of the island. It’s so beautiful there,” said Matt Kuhn. He reached out on Facebook to share this beautiful image of Roosevelt Island’s youngest cherry tree blossoms.
Maybe the joy of cherry blossoms and crabapple trees got a little lost during the snowy February on Roosevelt Island. But, it’s time again. I took the photo above exactly one year ago. Before the long shutdown.