This morning, a sign appeared on the door at 520 Main Street announcing that the Roosevelt Island Urgent Care, one of six urgent care facilities owned and operated by Kamin Health in New York had closed. Dr. Grimm, longtime Island pediatrician, and Dr. Resnick, our longtime physician are still located at the address and are open for business.
In typical Island fashion – you win some, you lose some – the Roosevelt Island facility opened the same week that the Sweet Shop closed, in November of 2016. It offered ten examination rooms, a spacious waiting lounge, and an on- site laboratory where blood and urine samples were tested and X-ray equipment. They also were able to conduct a variety of well-patient services including physicals, insurance certifications, employment screenings, and vision testing for drivers’ license renewal eye exams.
Steven Simanowitz, manager and community liaison for Roosevelt Island’s Urgent Care Center
In the beginning, their hours were 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays, 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m, but they recently reduced them to 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m weekdays with more limited hours on the weekends perhaps demonstrating that something was amiss. Though not even Resnick or Grimm were aware that the urgent care center would suddenly close.
Having an urgent care center on Roosevelt Island was a relief to the parents who were able to run their children over there in the evenings after work and school for strep tests and for people who needed quick fixes, like flu shots and referrals.
Alex Kaplan, project manager at the Hudson Companies (HR), confirmed the news, adding “Hoping to find a replacement soon.” Dr. Resnick wants to try to fill the gap left by the urgent care center and said, "We are going to expand our office hours and be more available to our community."
Sign posted today on the door at 520 Main Street
Most recently, Island Om signed a lease for a space at 521 Main Street and is planning on a September opening. Along with Island Om, HR predicts a spring or summer opening for both Café Eleanor, to be located at 503 Main Street (off the Rivercross lawn) and Hot Pot restaurant Liukoshui at 568 Main Street. Jupioca, a chain with eight other locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn signed a 10-year, 700-square foot lease at 455 Main Street, in the space that previously housed the Swan Nail Salon and plans to open this spring.
The Roosevelt Island Muslim Society has leased the space that formerly belonged to the St. Francis Cabrini Catholic Parish and they expect a late spring opening. The Catholics now have new digs at 504 Main Street. HR has no update regarding the Mexican Restaurant Onda, which was initially scheduled to open in the summer of 2017 in the 2000 square foot space located at 548 Main Street. At one point, that space housed Constantine’s Bakery.
BubbleCool, the bubble tea shop located in Main Street Sweets old space is currently undergoing a renovation.