Island parents wanting recommendations on the best books for toddlers, tips on potty-training, or even which sunscreen is best for babies, agree that the Roosevelt Island Parents’ Network (RIPN), which recently passed 300 member families, is an indispensable Island resource.
The WIRE sat down with self-described cantankerous, caustic, vituperative former Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) President Steve Marcus, in the warmest place in Rivercross, the Orange Wing couches, for a wide-ranging conversation on the growing pains and (ultimately hopeful) future of RIRA and the Island.
If you ride the Tram, you should thank John Sheehan.
While president of the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) for one term in 1980-81, he led two fights to save the Tram. Now, this Island pioneer and his wife, Marge, enjoy a (somewhat warmer) Hawaiian winter while recounting those days via FaceTime.
After all, it only took seven years and change, in multiple senses of that word.
Over the next four years, the morning-rush crunch at the subway will get worse, according to an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) prepared for Cornell University. However, during that period, most new riders will come from the increased population in Southtown – the new Riverwalk buildings – rather than from the opening of the Cornell NYC Tech campus in 2017.
The first of the barges that will remove demolition material from the future site of Cornell NYC Tech arrived at Roosevelt Island this morning (Tuesday, January 21).
“If you can get through it, it will make you stronger.” The it Joyce Keating refers to is personal tragedy, of which she has had an abundance. Joyce, a long-time Island resident, tells her tale in Denholm’s Wife, the book she published about the marriage between her sister, Susan, and Denholm Elliott, the noted British actor.
Fernando Martinez defrauded the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) while serving as its Vice President of Operations. Last month, he pled guilty to charges brought by the Manhattan District Attorney in Criminal Court. The action against him originated with an investigation by the New York State Inspector General.
It’s deceiving – how close Manhattan looks from the Island. The impression is often forcefully corrected by the trip there. The F train is always crowded during rush hour – sometimes so crowded that a few trains must go through before you can board. The Tram, always full during the rush, isn’t much better. Often, bikes and strollers must wait for the next crossing.
In all this, there is a question: How bad will it be when three new Southtown buildings come on line, and later, when Cornell’s population arrives?