Proposed art installation by RIVAA president Tad Sudol for the Motorgate garage.
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.
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”).
• 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.
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.
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.
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.
November 21, 1952 – March 4, 2017
Finally, someone has a plan for the old Tram cars! The original cabins, which currently sit gathering dust behind Motorgate, were included as part of the Community Plan for Southpoint Open Space, a project outlying future development goals for the park just south of the Cornell Tech campus.
New 63rd Street transfer improves Island access to Upper East Side
RIVAA’s Transitions exhibit is one of the annual group shows the organization holds in their gallery. This year, the show features works by 39 artists.
Ten Island women were honored by Assemblymember Rebecca A. Seawright last week, as part of the Third Annual Women of Distinction Awards, to commemorate Women’s History Month.
[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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In his preliminary 2018 federal budget, released to Congress last week, President Trump proposed deep cuts to non-defense discretionary programs, including programs that support Meals on Wheels, a national program that delivers food to homebound individuals – many elderly – who are unable to purchase or prepare their own meals.
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.
Between the asylum, penitentiary, multiple hospitals, sprawling apartment complexes, and the soon-to-be-completed Cornell Tech campus, Roosevelt Island has a history of unique architecture. And one of the Island’s more storied structures also happens to be its smallest: the Lighthouse.
recWorld champion and Olympic gold medalist Roman Sludnov is training the next generation of swimmers – right here on Roosevelt Island.
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.