Newly Renovated Roosevelt Island Lighthouse Will Be Illuminated Red, White And Blue This Weekend Starting Saturday Evening In Observance Of Memorial Day Says RIOC

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC):

In observance of Memorial Day, the newly renovated Lighthouse Tower will be illuminated red, white and blue from Saturday May 28th through Monday, May 30th.

Enjoy a happy and safe holiday weekend!

As reported last May 18: 

Linda Doyle shares these beautiful photos taken last night of the restored
Roosevelt Island Lighthouse and reports: 

Tonight was the first night for testing with the colored light

The plan is to match the lights of the Empire State Building for holidays.
They will change when needed. Memorial Day red, white and blue, etc.

I asked if she got to climb the stairs to the top?

Ms Doyle replied: 

No. I thought about asking but was afraid that it might be dusty and filled
with cobwebs. But if they are there tonight, I will ask.

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC):

Lighthouse Tower Opens

The Lighthouse Tower, designed by architect James Renwick, has been a prominent historic feature of Roosevelt Island since its construction in 1872. The Lighthouse was partially restored in the 1940s, complete with a low pitch 10 – sided lantern and was inducted into the National Register of Historic Places and designated a New York City Landmark in 1972 and 1976 respectively. In 2019, Thomas A. Fenniman Architects was hired to create construction documents to increase the useful life of the structure, eliminate potentially unsafe conditions, and reduce operating and maintenance expenses.

The exterior and interior restoration of the tower, included masonry restoration, concrete bracket and platform repair, railing restoration, replacement of spiral staircase, door and window restoration, as well as electrical and site work. These repairs remediated the many life and safety issues addressed for long-term use and will additionally decrease the operation and maintenance costs associated with the tower. “It is truly an honor to have rehabilitated this historic landmark for the Roosevelt Island community and visitors alike to enjoy. The Lighthouse Tower is a cornerstone and simply one of Roosevelt Islands treasures. I would like to thank our RIOC team, the architect and contractor for their work on this project.”, said Shelton J. Haynes, President and CEO of the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC).

The restoration aspects and new lantern design were approved by the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the Landmarks Preservation Commission. “I am thrilled for the community to see the colored up-lighting on the tower and enjoy this space again. The conclusion of this project marks the last phase of our renovations to the northern tip of the Lighthouse Park that began with the renovations of the foot bridges in 2019.”, expressed Prince R. Shah, Assistant Director of Capital Planning and Projects at RIOC….

More on the restored Roosevelt Island Lighthouse here.


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