At the end of last summer, the Island’s community pool and indoor sports facility, Sportspark, closed for much-needed repairs, including the installation of a new roof, a new boiler, and resurfacing of the pool. The facility was supposed to reopen around Thanksgiving. At the end of November, the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (known as RIOC) announced that the renovations would take until the beginning of the new year. Now, with an opening date that keeps moving further into the future – and an additional closure looming on the horizon, this time for the locker rooms – Islanders and Island groups who use the facility are getting worried.
A woman picked up her son from the Roosevelt Island Day Nursery on January 12 and confronted a man she believed was smoking marijuana outside the playground adjacent to the school.
There was an attempted robbery Monday night at China 1, the restaurant located in the Westview building at 609 Main Street, according to owner Sam Lee.
The RIRA Column
RIRA's response to the events of January 12
When the New York City Department of Education established our Island’s public school 40 years ago, it didn’t take long for Island parents to come together to form the PS/IS 217 Parent Teacher Association (PTA). According to newspapers from the time, these pioneering parents worked with local community groups to host a carnival to fund the school’s arts program and purchase art supplies.
Recently, PS/IS 217 was put in the unfortunate position of having to remove six trees from our property: one dead tree from the school yard and five trees that were causing problems on the north side of the school.
I am a construction worker at Cornell Tech who also likes to see what’s going on outside the campus grounds. I couldn’t help but notice the inherent contradiction in the real estate management’s practice: too much vacancy, and yet raising rents?
Roosevelt Island is a safe, tight-knit, and friendly community and it is our home. So here is sad news.
The issue of marijuana smoke in areas where children and parents congregate was brought to the Roosevelt Island Residents Association Public Safety Committee (PSC) in the fall. We decided to start a campaign to educate people about what the current laws on marijuana use are.
I am writing in response to the ongoing discussion on the Roosevelt Island Parents Network (an email list) and beyond about marijuana use on the Island.
A group of concerned moms will gather to host an interfaith event on January 28. We hope it will be the first of many. We will enjoy desserts together, have our children play and sing together, and get to know one another: Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Catholic, Unitarian Universalist, Atheist, Mormon, and more. We want to be part of creating relationships across differences; we want to build up and support the beautiful diversity of our Island through the easy times and the hard times.
Philip Smallwood’s interest in art has been “life-long.” However, the Boston-bred furniture designer did not start his artistic journey until later in his life. Now, combining years of art education with the study of eastern religions and Asian paintings, Smallwood has found a new outlet for his artistic passion in Zen art.
For the past 38 years, the Roosevelt Island Youth program, headed by Executive Director Charles Defino and Director Aikaterini (Katerina) Drougos, has managed the Youth Center on Roosevelt Island. The group also runs the Beacon afterschool program at PS/IS 217 through a contract with the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD). Although the two programs are considered separate entities, they often function as a single program.
Two proposals showcase differing visions as both groups attempt to oust longtime operator Roosevelt Island Youth Program.
Joanne Eichel first met actress Mihaela Mihut at a 2015 benefit for the Island’s Main Street Theater & Dance Alliance (MST&DA). In addition to her day job teaching acting at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, Mihut, an Island resident, teaches an evening adult acting class at the Island’s theater program.