Cornell Tech Wraps Up

Like a party planner rushing to get everything done before the first guests arrive, Cornell Tech is in the process of putting finishing touches on its state-of-the-art graduate-school campus, scheduled to open this summer. In a March 29 Town Hall meeting at the Manhattan Park Theatre Club, speakers outlined the final stages of preparation, including landscaping, security, hiring, and the school’s role as Roosevelt Island’s newest tenant.

Opinion: Let the Kids Play

Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) President Susan Rosenthal says she’s ready to spend. With a capital budget account bursting with over $10 million this year, and upwards of $20 million next year, according to Rosenthal, Islanders need to voice their opinions as to where the money is best allocated.

Letter: The annual RIRA Egg Hunt

This past Saturday, two Roosevelt Island Senior Association (RISA) directors participated, with our fellow Island organizations, in what has become the annual RIRA Egg Hunt, put on for the community’s young children.

curated by Sara Maher

Spring might not show up in time for Earth Day on April 22, but there are still plenty of reasons to celebrate our world. Help out your fellow humans by going green, donating to a good cause, or promoting art in all of its wonderful forms.

RIOC Nominee Candidates

The Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) is hosting an election to nominate residents for the Board of Directors of the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC).

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.

School Tempts Students to Breakfast with Games, Hugs

“Good morning baby, how you doing?” says Valerie David greeting a group of second grade girls, who simultaneously come in for a hug. Known around the school simply as Ms. Valerie, the head cook at PS/IS 217 is making the rounds of the sunlit cafeteria checking that students are eating their school breakfast.

RIRA: Do We Want a Say in Who Governs Us?

A little over a year ago, by a 12th-hour edict from the governor’s office, our current Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) president, chief financial officer, and vice-president for operations were quietly appointed with little notice and no input from us.

Island Has Long and Rich History of Medical Advancement

Today, the role of antiseptics and good hygiene in preventing the spread of disease and infection is considered a cornerstone of medicine. And it’s often taken for granted that patients with severe or chronic injuries should receive physical rehabilitation. What’s less known is that both these practices, and several other medical advancements, originated on Roosevelt Island.

In It to Win It

The Roosevelt Island Marlins rank 19th out of 115 swim teams in the metropolitan area (which includes New York City, Westchester, and Long Island). The team also finished the season with three metro medalists after participating in the 8 & Under Championship and the 2017 Junior Olympics Championship.


Sportspark will open Monday, April 10 at 7am. Open swim hours will be 7-11am and 7:30-10pm weekdays; 12-3pm and 4-7 pm weekends.

• The New York State Assembly passed a law expanding access to free breast cancer screenings, including breast tomosynthesis screenings or 3D mammography, according to Assembly Member Rebecca A. Seawright.

Four Freedoms Park will host two volunteer open houses: Saturday, April 8 and Sunday, April 9, 12-3pm both days. Learn how to help Four Freedoms staff educate the public about FDR, architecture, and the Four Freedoms, as well as volunteer to welcome visitors, lead tours and public programs, assist with park maintenance, and more.

• The Department of Transportation is planning a $353 million replacement of the upper level of the Queensboro Bridge. Remaining funds will go toward implementing hazard-mitigation measures, fire-suppression systems, and security cameras, according to officials.

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.

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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