Proposed art installation by RIVAA president Tad Sudol for the Motorgate garage.

Construction Plans Set for Water Tunnel

The north end of the Island will soon boast its own active construction site. The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will begin construction at their site, located just south of the Octagon, in April. The work is expected to extend through August of 2018. The project includes the installation of piping and tanks as part of a decades-long effort to upgrade the City’s aging water infrastructure.

Musicians Find Community and Freedom in Island Group

In a brightly lit room overlooking the Chapel of the Good Shepherd, 11 musicians warm up their instruments and grouse good-naturedly about their chilly commutes. A flute player says she spent an hour traveling from Riverside. The group hopes their violinist, coming all the way from Long Island, will be able to make it through the snow. Despite the wintry weather, the musicians are excited to get down to business, tackling Tchaikovsky’s Suite No. 4 (“Mozartiana”).

Briefly

• The Cornell Tech Town Hall has pushed its start time to 7:00pm from 6:30pm, Wednesday, March 29, at the Manhattan Park Theatre Club, 8 River Road.

• The Motorgate Gallery Opening featuring the Jazz Salonists is Wednesday March 29, in the Motorgate Atrium from 6:00-7:30pm.

• Low-income youth and seniors can now apply for a new low-cost, high-speed broadband service, Spectrum Internet Assist. Eligibility is limited to families with students who participate in the National School Lunch Program and seniors 65 years or older who receive Supplemental Security Income benefits. The cost will be $14.99 per month for 30 Mbps downloads, email, and more. Go to www.SpectrumInternetAssist.com or call 1-844-525-1574.

• A class-action suit was filed against Four Freedoms Park Conservancy and the State, accusing the Conservancy of the “systemic, discriminatory exclusion” of people who use wheelchairs, scooters, and other motorized devices.

Pre-register for the April 1 RIRA Egg Hunt at
rira-eeh.weebly.com to pay less, and wait on a shorter line the day of the event.

• The Roosevelt Island Garden Club is seeking high school students to volunteer for four Saturdays to assist with the Accessible Garden Pathways Project. Students will receive outdoor service learning/community service credit. For more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Letters: In-Home DASH Program

To the Editor:

In regards to the article “Unsure Future for the In-Home DASH Program” [March 11, 2017], my mother used the in-home services for more than five years until her death at the age of 99 in 2011. I am saddened that the program is in danger of being phased out.

RIRA: Celebrate Spring at the Egg Hunt

Like the longest of nights, it seems that the dawn of Spring has finally come to our little ship floating in the East River. The snow and ice capping our streets, walkways, and parks is melting to reveal fresh ground. Our Island family, friends, and neighbors are emerging from the cocoons of their apartments to bask in the warming sun and breathe in the renewed fresh air. It seems that Spring has finally arrived, and with it brings a number of Island celebrations to renew the ties that bond us as neighbors, starting with the Annual RIRA Egg Hunt.

curated by Sara Maher

It’s easy to get stuck in your own frame of reference and forget to think about the experiences of others. Whatever your excuse – New Yorkers are so unfriendly! I’m super shy! It’s going to snow! – there’s an easy way to connect with people from all over the world: film. These festivals give you the opportunity to see the world through a different lens.

Back row left to right: Eric B. Cohen, Carol Baird, Jonathan Stein, Russ Cusick, David Kolakoski. Middle row: Kathleen Weeks, Peggy Polaneczky, Helen Chen, Maggie Warner, Emily Carpenter, Front row:  Ava Esther Hayashi, Barbara Parker, Brenna Stein.

New Show Is an Exuberant Revue of Sondheim’s Work

Anyone who knows and loves musical theatre is likely to be already familiar with Stephen Sondheim’s work. The American composer has been the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize for drama, an Academy Award for best song, eight Grammy awards, and eight Tony awards. But he’s at his best as a lyricist and composer of musicals. He’s also the subject of the musical revue Sondheim On Sondheim.

Officer Training Focuses on Community Policing

[Community policing] isn’t just a buzzword thrown around by the Roosevelt Island Public Safety Department (PSD). According to Chief Jack McManus and Deputy Kevin Brown, it’s an aspiration the department is trying to live up to – and it starts with training.

Opinion: United We Stand

You’d think the Island’s biggest news would be the upcoming construction work being done on the north end of the Island, or the fact that next week’s Cornell Tech Town Hall is the last before the campus opens, or Mayor DiBlasio’s update that the first of 20 new, citywide ferry boats is en route here from Alabama.

Letters: Black History Month

To the Editor:

March is National Women’s History Month, having been preceded by Black History Month. Last week, one of our legislators honored the achievements of ten Island women, and that is great. Yet, I am reminded of something we missed during the month of February: a tribute to African-American author and former Islander Dr. Alice Childress, now deceased.

Community: Roosevelt Island Senior Center

For as long as I can remember, I have loved the company of older people, starting with my grandparents. Their experience, their wisdom, and their love, always enchanted me. I have such fond memories of them – playing cards, taking walks, cooking, creating family trees, telling stories, and constantly exclaiming, “I can’t wait to be retired!” I am lucky enough to say my Grandma and Grandpa are still around to remind me of that to this day.

RIVAA Celebrates Its Past, Looks to Future

Sixteen years ago, after nine Island-related victims perished in the 9/11 attacks, the newly formed Roosevelt Island Visual Arts Association (RIVAA) expressed their emotions using art, in an empty window of the Rivercross building. Several months later, with the support of the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC), the organization received permission to use the then empty, former Bigelow Pharmacy space at 527 Main Street for a group exhibit.

Island Warms Up for Spring Baseball

riWith spring training in full swing (pun intended), baseball coaches everywhere are busy preparing for the upcoming season. Like last year, two Island organizations will be running youth baseball leagues this spring: the Roosevelt Island Youth Program and the Roosevelt Island Center for Community Development. Both are registering kids now.

Jennifer Young Exhibit

Artist Jennifer Young believes in the power of empathy. In her new gallery show Backstory, Young shows women caught in a vulnerable moment in hopes that the viewer will make an emotional connection.

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