It would behoove you folks at RIOC to get a new elevator.  It should have been replaced back when you renovated the Tramway station.  Your lack of concern for Island residents is unconscionable.  The elevator is 40 years old, and can no longer continue to be patched over and over.

Laila Amatullah

To Arianna Sacks Rosenberg, Hudson/Related:

The summer is ending and there have been droves of tourists on Roosevelt Island, drawn by the magical view from the Tram.  Sadly, most of them re-board and return to Manhattan, without spending a dime at Coach Scot’s Main Street Sweets, Riverwalk Bar & Grill, or any other local store.

Where is the signage that will direct visitors to shop, eat, drink, and stay on Roosevelt Island? Why does Related not support its tenants by directing visitors to these establishments?

Please provide an update on this issue, which you can see has been a priority, for me at least, for several years. I have yet to receive a reply from anyone on this email chain, which began in April 2013.

Janet Falk

To RIOC and Hudson/Related:

For many years, Roosevelt Island has offered few food and dining options. That is still the case. Therefore, I am perturbed to have to pretty much eliminate Wholesome Factory from my options. I have suffered intestinal discomfort several times after eating fresh food from this store.

I no longer feel comfortable purchasing anything that is not pre-packaged or able to be washed. I have witnessed flies freely crawling in the uncovered salad fixings, on the meat slicer, and inside the sandwich case.

This situation existed last summer as well, and there is no evidence of attempts to control or eliminate this unhealthy problem. It makes me wonder what other unsavory conditions may also exist. I would prefer not to call the Health Department at this point; I hope that your agencies can handle this without having to resort to that.

I choose not to address the owner directly because he cannot be blind to this situation, so he is obviously ignoring it. Please help!

Gail Montague

To the Editor:

It is disgraceful that Manhattan Park refuses to provide a temporary bench for people waiting for the Red Bus.

Countless times, I have seen more than a dozen people standing in the sweltering heat.  Many are seniors, and some carry canes. Some are burdened with shopping bags.  What can be the problem with offering comfort to the community until the bus resumes its stop in the Motorgate turnaround?                 

I’m assuming that most of those who are inconvenienced by the lack of a bench are Manhattan Park residents. Doesn’t their management owe it to them and to the community at large?  I wish they would demand it.  Perhaps they do not know that providing one is the responsibility of Manhattan Park’s management, not RIOC. Of course, it behooves RIOC to perform the necessary repairs so that the turnaround can again be operable.  This has gone on too long.

Name Withheld

To the Editor:

Thank you and congratulations to Rep. Carolyn Maloney, Rep. Grace Meng, and Sen. Charles Schumer for opposing the agreement known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

What we wanted out of this agreement was peace.  But before the ink was dry, the mullahs were declaring Death to America.

If this agreement goes forward, much of this large windfall will find its way from Iran to Hezbollah in Lebanon, Assad in Syria, Hamas in Gaza, etc., all bent on the destruction of the U.S. and our greatest ally, the state of Israel.

Ronald T. Vass


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