PTA Asks to Use Cornell Name for PS/IS 217

Posted in Volume 35, Issue 7 - December 13, 2014

In the negotiations leading up to formal arrangements for Cornell to establish Cornell NYC Tech on Roosevelt Island, Islanders were promised that Cornell would “adopt” PS/IS 217. PTA parents have since been looking for ways to formalize that relationship, and to make that adoption more meaningful. In that spirit, in a move backed by Principal Mandana Beckman, they proposed to rename the school The Cornell Tech Roosevelt Island School.

Residents Voice Concerns on Cornell

Posted in Volume 35, Issue 7 - December 13, 2014

Islanders are showing some impatience with Cornell NYC Tech, its construction process, its air-quality monitoring, its intended trucking schedule, and its attention to some form of integration with PS/IS 217.

The Cornell Column

Posted in Volume 35, Issue 7 - December 13, 2014

Happy Holidays! Cornell Tech was happy to welcome Roosevelt Islanders to a Town Hall meeting on Monday, December 8, to provide updates on our construction and community initiatives as our campus development continues to take shape.

Gallery RIVAA Offers "Snow"

Written by David Stone. Posted in Volume 35, Issue 7 - December 13, 2014

Creative expressions of the white stuff with which we have a love/hate relationship will decorate Roosevelt Island this Christmas, thanks to RIVAA’s annual holiday group show. This year, the title is – appropriately – Snow.

Claim Likely in Cyclist Death

Posted in Volume 35, Issue 7 - December 13, 2014

The family of Anna Maria Mostrom has hired an attorney, and has filed a notice of claim against the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation.

Community Column: Historical Society

Posted in Volume 35, Issue 7 - December 13, 2014

The Roosevelt Island Historical Society (RIHS) has a two-part mission. We want to preserve the kind of Island history that can slip away with the passage of time. And we want to communicate that history, and its importance, to anyone interested – in fact, anyone who will listen.


• Roosevelt Island now has Freecycle, courtesy of RIRA Common Council member Susy del Campo Perea. It’s an opportunity to give away useful items you no longer need, or to ask for things you do need. You can join at, and it’s all free. (The site also seeks two volunteer moderators; write to

• NYC Neighborhood Library Awards are on again, giving Islanders a chance to nominate their favorite NYPL branch. Nominations go to ­, or they can be submitted in person at the library. There’s $20,000 in prize money (for the library) at stake. Last year, 4,300 New Yorkers sent in nominations.

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