The Daily Plant : Monday, August 6, 2007
Tramway Plaza Reopens
On July 19, Commissioner Adrian Benepe joined State Assembly Member Jonathan Bing, City Council Member Jessica Lappin, Community Board 8 Parks Committee Co-Chair Peggy Price, East 60s Neighborhood Association President Barry Schneider, and East Midtown Association President Rob Byrnes to cut the ribbon on the $846,000 reconstruction of Tramway Plaza.
The site sits at the foot of the Roosevelt Island Tramway, which carries commuters across the East River between Manhattan and Roosevelt Island each day.
“The reconstruction of Tramway Plaza has created an attractive and welcoming plaza for both daily commuters and the surrounding community to enjoy,” said Commissioner Benepe. “The plaza’s new plantings, fencing, pavement, and lighting are surely a welcome addition to the east Midtown neighborhood. Today’s ribbon cutting not only spruces up this transportation hub, but also contributes to our mission of making New York City a ‘greener’ place to live.”
The plaza was renovated with $768,000 in private sponsorship from Solow Development and $11,000 in Mayoral funds. The reconstruction includes shrubs and trees, fencing and new pavement. The project also installed water supply, reconstructed the drainage system and added new security lighting. Planting beds throughout the plaza include hydrangeas, cherry laurels, dogwoods, roses, and azaleas. The center of the plaza features a focal point of polished black granite pavement.
The Roosevelt Island Tramway began operation in 1976. Tramway Plaza Park was created in 1980 when the Board of Estimate changed the City Map to eliminate a portion of Second Avenue, including the lines of a side walk arcade. The Department of General Services assigned the parcel, which sits at the Roosevelt Island Tramway entrance, to Parks in 1984. In addition to serving as a transit hub for commuters, the plaza has previously been a site for public art. In 2004, Dennis Oppenheim debuted a sculpture exhibition there.
GROW AT PARKS
Did you know that Job Opportunities for Parks employees can be accessed by phone? Dial 1-888-292-5653 to hear current vacancies, application deadlines and how to apply. The Job Hotline is updated weekly. Parks is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
More opportunities to Grow at Parks are now posted on the intranet, internet and job hotline.
Fresh Kills Park Project and Grants Manager (Community Coordinator)/TBD – 11755
Director of Urban Park Rangers (Admin. Comm.. Relations Specialist)/Arsenal North - 11756
Center Manager (Recreation Supervisor)/TBD – 11757
Office Manager/Office of Public Services (Community Associate)/Brooklyn – 11758
Deputy Director for Programs (Admin. Comm.. Relations Specialist)/Bronx – 11759
Administrator for North Manhattan Parks (Dir. Of Regional Joint Interest Park)/Manhattan – 11760
Community Associate (Community Associate)/Manhattan – EL159
Playground Associate (Playground Associate)/Manhattan – EL161
...and take another look at the following postings:
Landscape Architect (Landscape Architect)/Olmsted Center – 11543
Forester (Forester)/TBD – 11658
Capital Projects Coordinator (Assoc. Project Manager)/Olmsted Center – 11674
Landscape Architect (Landscape Architect)/Olmsted Center – 11734
Driver Trainer (Assoc. Park Service Worker)/TBD – 11739
Gardener (Gardener)/TBD – 11741
Urban Park Ranger/Parks Enforcement Patrol (Urban Park Ranger)/TBD – EL128
City Planning Technician (City Planning Technician)/Olmsted Center – EL143
Remember to send cover letter and resume with the Vacancy Number to firstname.lastname@example.org
To see what these jobs entail and for other opportunities to Grow at Parks, please visit the Parks Intranet. You can access the postings two ways: 1) from the top of the screen go to Divisions to Personnel to Job Postings or 2) scroll down on the left side to quick links to the red icon.
QUOTATION FOR THE DAY
“If suffer we must, let’s suffer on the heights.”
(1802 – 1855)
Directions to Tramway Plaza
Know Before You Go
Tramway Plaza is currently closed for major renovation project at the Manhattan Tramway Station. The tram will remain operational during this time. For details please visit the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation website at: https://rioc.ny.gov/302/Tram