Islanders need to come together to support neighbors, advocate for greater accessibility, and push back against the dismantling of affordable housing that makes it increasingly difficult for residents with disabilities to call Roosevelt Island home, say the speakers assembled to celebrate the 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Anyone dreaming of running the Roosevelt Island Youth Center, located at 506 Main Street, has until November 4 to put together a proposal.
It’s been a tumultuous few months for the Roosevelt Island Senior Association (RISA). Former RISA President Dolores Green stepped down in early June after a 16-year tenure and Barbara Parker was elected president. On June 30, the 37-year-old organization lost its Department for the Aging (DFTA) contract – and the attendant funding – to manage the Island’s Senior Center. On July 1, the Carter Burden Center for the Aging began managing the Senior Center, and RISA became a standalone organization.
Urbanism and consumerism collide in a new exhibit by Colombian artist Alexis Duque, opening October 13 at the Paul Calendrillo New York Gallery at 507 Main Street.
You never know who you’re sitting next to.
At the last RIRA meeting, President Jeff Escobar tasked the incoming Common Council with maintaining what he coined, the “Roosevelt Island way of life.” He defined it as the ability to live equally and respectfully, in our diverse community, a diversity that is as much socio-economic as it is cultural. He also discussed the challenges ahead; the impact of Cornell is an unknown.
The sidewalk area on the north side of Gristede’s, near the exit door and the entrance to the garage, looks as if it has not been cleaned in years.
The reorganized Roosevelt Island Senior Association Board wants to notify our neighbors that we are planning a party to recognize the former, longtime RISA President, Dolores Green.
The RIRA Column
The Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) is a volunteer-run organization whose members are elected by Roosevelt Island residents to improve our community and tackle any and all issues of concern to them.
The recent mechanical problem with the Roosevelt Island access bridge on Friday, September 23, underscores a very serious problem that has long been ignored by a variety of federal, state and city agencies.
Hope Church Roosevelt Island (Hope RI) launched just over two years ago. Started by a group of Island neighbors, Hope Church’s membership is made up of 35 different ethnicities and includes both Island pioneers and a growing group of young professionals who have moved here over the past three years.
I have been a Southtown representative on RIRA for three years and I have truly enjoyed my experience.
Being a member of the RIRA Common Council has been such a fun way to serve this community and make many new friends. So now I’m inviting you to join!
New York Assemblymember Rebecca Seawright became Roosevelt Island’s elected representative in January 2015. A lawyer by training, Seawright says she entered politics to have an impact on the communities around her. “I want to be the most effective legislator I can be. A legislator who puts the community first.”
More and more, dogs are becoming a part of the Roosevelt Island community. But is the Island ready for them?
On September 23, the Roosevelt Island Bridge was stuck in the up position, stopping road traffic from 4:51 p.m. until 8:32 p.m. Traffic was backed up all the way to the Tram. Fire trucks waited, unable to respond to a fire in 4 River Road that caused P.S./I.S. 217 to be evacuated.
This bus driver had an 11:00 p.m. flight out of JFK. Numerous residents also had difficulty making their connections.