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The WIRE welcomes letters of interest to the Roosevelt Island community. Recommended maximum length, 350 words; longer letters will be considered if their content, in the judgment of the editors, merits the required space. All letters are subject to acceptance and editing for length and clarity. Letters submitted anonymously will not be published. Requests for a Name Withheld signature will be considered, but the writer’s name and email must be provided for verification. Submit to letters@mainstreetwire.com. Alternatives: Typed copy left at 40 River Road, addressed to Briana Warsing, The WIRE.

Recent Letters

June 17, 2019

The Westview buildings, 595 and 625 Main Street, are in a transition period at present and have been for some years.  As the last Mitchell-Lama affordable housing residence on Roosevelt Island, we have relied on the Westview Task Force, Inc.(WTI) incorporated in 2003,...

May 20, 2019

The RI monument, installed on October 8, 2018, was erected on a three-month trial basis. According to the calendar, that period ended on January 8, 2019.

Long-time readers may recall that RIOC and the Roosevelt Island Historical Society solicited residents’ approval or...

May 1, 2019

Frankly, while I always liked dogs before moving to Roosevelt Island several years ago, I now find the sheer number of dog-pets on the Island to be extremely annoying, and the number seems to be proliferating (at least, in my apartment building).

One day recently, while...

April 28, 2019

New retail tenant Pupculture are bad neighbors! They do not care about us, the residents, and certainly don’t care about our sleep or comfort. They do construction at night. Why cause so much noise in a residential building at 10pm on a Sunday evening?

I don’t even live...

April 21, 2019

What will Roosevelt Island be like for Figment NYC this year?  

This glorious event, held in the past on the non-resident Governor's Island, is being held for the first time ever this year on Roosevelt Island. 

In trying to look on the bright side, the only pos...

April 20, 2019

Editor's Note: This letter has been updated with a response from RIRA's Cherry Blossom Festival Committee following Williams' letter

I wanted to let you know that last weekend's disaster caused immense distress to me and my family, in particular to some of my elder...

April 20, 2019

Of the all ill-judged, silly, and dangerous things: 30,000 people on our small Island, without any thought to appropriate restrooms, transportation, or safety. 

I saw a line of people at our lovely little library using the library's single restroom. Apparently it was...

February 26, 2019

I have written this letter to address you about the problem at the Octagon soccer field. It's going to be closed for a long time and Firefighter's is the only field we can play soccer, but only on Fridays. Octagon Field is used by me and lots of other kids on the Islan...

February 25, 2019

I find it interesting and disconcerting that, four days from now (I'm writing this on February 22) on February 26, there will be an interim election to fill the vacant seat for New York City Public Advocate and the candidates are, for the most part, ciphers. 

I ha...

February 9, 2019

The changing nature of the Island came from the changing State administration of this place. The people appointed to run the Island by governors after Governor Mario Cuomo were bureaucrats. Understandably, they looked for a solid legal base for the state to run a local...

January 3, 2019

I've been trying to get an answer as to who is responsible for pruning of trees on the property on buildings on Roosevelt Island.

I went to the RIOC office and was advised that in this particular case, it is the building management's responsibility because the trees are...

January 3, 2019

I understand that RIOC has opted to ignore the recommendations approved by the Roosevelt Island community for the distribution of Public Purpose Funds. Specifically, RIOC has authorized giving additional funding to Carter-Burden, a non-resident organization.

Of course,...

December 24, 2018

Mini-cell tower located on Main Street on periphery of Good Shepherd Plaza

To the Editor:

Today, this object appeared at the Chapel Plaza. This is another example of RIOC's disregard for the cityscape, appearance, and necessity of an obtrusive object. Along with the "RI"...

November 26, 2018

I've just received and read this excellent column which attempts, through RIOC President Susan Rosenthal's responses to questions, to answer Roosevelt Island residents' concerns.  As there is no mechanism within the advisory to comment on the Q&A, I would like to addre...

November 9, 2018

This is an example of marketing 101 gone wrong!

It reminds me of when my kids were little and outgrew their bathing suits the second week of August. So we drove to the shopping mall and all the stores only had snowsuits. Then in early February, they outgrew their snowsu...

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