Site change could give TR museum new ...

Site change could give TR museum new life

There are 13 comments on the Newsday story from Feb 17, 2009, titled Site change could give TR museum new life. In it, Newsday reports that:

As the Theodore Roosevelt Association grapples with whether it can raise funds in a recession to build a museum in Oyster Bay, the town has proposed a surprising change in the site that could help the project's ...

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water boy

Brooklyn, NY

#1 Feb 17, 2009
This is a crazy idea. The sump is built on quicksand with a freshwater spring. The TRA will spend millions just trying to build a foundation.

Brooklyn, NY

#2 Feb 17, 2009
They should build the museum in "Museum Row" with the Aviation and Children's exhibits. Then they will get the crowds they desire. Oyster Bay is a quaint small village with no hotels, restaurants or bus service. Very bad location for such a huge undertaking
OB Resident

Brooklyn, NY

#3 Feb 17, 2009
The park is already too crowded. You can't find a parking space for your boat or your picnic in the summer.

Bronx, NY

#4 Feb 17, 2009
This project is absurd. Why not create something useful like doing nothing and leaving the bayfront open. This just reeks of construction graft and local republican horsedung.

New York, NY

#5 Feb 17, 2009
Local environmental interests will go to town on this.
B M Ryan

Garland, TX

#6 Feb 17, 2009
sally10 wrote:
They should build the museum in "Museum Row" with the Aviation and Children's exhibits. Then they will get the crowds they desire. Oyster Bay is a quaint small village with no hotels, restaurants or bus service. Very bad location for such a huge undertaking
Great idea. At present, a visit to the TR home is a single objective, requiring planning. A visit to the museum where you stated, if videos and photos of the home and OB were to be displayed, might inspire said visitor to make a side trip to OB and result in more exposure than at present.
Charles Darwin

Albany, NY

#7 Feb 17, 2009
This is a really dumb idea. Take a look at the sump using Google Earth. There are two huge culverts entering the sump from both ends which presumably route runoff from the parking lots to the sump (recharge basin). They would have to fill in the sump and build a new sump somewhere else to re-route the sorm runoff to (since current laws prevent them from sending it directly into Oyster Bay Harbor). If they decide to route the storm runoff directly to Oyster Bay Harbor, I'm sure that the Frank M. Flower Co. and Friends Of The Bay wouldn't be too happy about it. These people are making arbitrary decisions without knowing all the facts.

Watertown, CT

#8 Feb 17, 2009
Any idiot who donates to this pack of lunatics to build their own fifedom should have all his assets seized and be put in a padded cell. Go to the Old Bethpage Restoration Village if you want to see a dumb museam. Ms Demarest over there is dying to have her boondoggle funded.

Hauppauge, NY

#9 Feb 17, 2009
Tear down Town Hall and put it there.Nothing important happens in Town Hall anyway except lots of coffee breaks. :-)
Less is More

Coram, NY

#10 Feb 17, 2009
I love museums. Best ones fit in a main street storefront. They don't attempt too much and take about 45 minutes to explore. Sea Cliff museum and Custer Museum in Greenport are good examples.

They should start with a small musem and let it grow.

Brooklyn, NY

#11 Feb 17, 2009
The Theodore Roosevelt Association will soon self destruct by wasting its resources on the staff salaries, fruitless environmental studies, lawsuits and high rents. You can't keep paying the Exec. Director $250K a year for too long whith no results to show for it, before the endowment is lost and potential investors turn away in disgust. Congratuations to the village folk who are fighting to keep sanity in the community.

Brooklyn, NY

#12 Feb 18, 2009
We do not need another Roosevelt memorial of any kind in OB. We already have a wonderful attraction to put us on the map - it is the harbor! TRA Go Away!

Ridge, NY

#13 Feb 20, 2009
The TRA isn't concerned about fundraising millions of dollars but IS concerned about their ability to hold out financially for another lousy month? ha ha ha, it just keeps getting better, from the local papers it sounds like the TRMCAT members weren't even told about this development (Island Properties, Civic Association) so much for their community "watchdog" group.

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