Halloween Fundraisers: Don a Costume for a Cause

Local Parents Band Together to Protest New Dog Park Site

Main Street Block Party a Fall Hit

Octagon Field Renamed McManus, Tensions Remain

Islanders Enjoy Fall for the Arts Festival

RIOC and RIRA Meet on Back to Back Evenings Last Week

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October 19, 2019

Halloween is a great time for fun... and fundraising.  Next weekend beloved island institutions Island Kids and Main Street Theatre and Dance Alliance (MSTDA) are offering up an extra special night of spooky mischief to raise support for vital programming that benefits Island youth and adults alike.

Nikki Giovanni and Kristi Towey, Executive Directors of Island Kids and Main Street Theater and Dance Alliance (MSTDA), wish their events weren’t conf...

October 19, 2019

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation board voted unanimously at their last meeting to place a dog run in the northeast corner of Blackwell Park, squeezing it into an already congested area abutting the big kids playground, the basketball courts, and the pending bike path.

In November of 2017, David Kramer, president of The Hudson Companies, announced that the Southtown dog run would need to move make way for construction of two new residential to...

October 8, 2019

Last Saturday, October 5 saw the Roosevelt Island’s first ever Main Street block party sponsored by Hudson Related, the master lease holder of 90,000 square feet of retail across 25 stores on Roosevelt Island’s Main Street. 

The block party highlighted local businesses by bringing them outside offering food, art, festivities and fun. Each shop opened their doors to showcase their business through one-day only experiences. 

It raised public awareness abo...

October 8, 2019

Last week, over a year after its abrupt closure last August, the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) re-opened Octagon Field and re-naming it Jack McManus Field in honor of the recently retired Chief of the Island’s Public Safety Department (PSD).

Former chief, Jack McManus, second from left on the field bearing his name, and new chief, Kevin Brown, far right

“We decided to name the field after Jack for two reasons,” explained Susan Rosenthal,...

Despite the summery weather, with temperatures in the 80’s, the Island celebrated its Fall for the Arts festival last weekend. The festivities included the unveiling of the Island’s first Book Birdhouse, live music, art, activities for children, and at the end, the annual Kite Flight for Peace at Four Freedoms Park. 

The Book Birdhouse

A jazz concert in the RIVIVA gallery on Friday evening kicked off the weekend. On early Saturday, the Book Bird House,...

After a summer hiatus, both the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation, and the Roosevelt Island Residents Association held their first meetings last week. RIOC’s was rife with updates on the tram elevator, coming, Blackwell House, opening soon, and the soccer field, scheduled to open later this month.

RIOC welcomed familiar face, Gretchen Robinson, back to RIOC as General Counel and Vice President, a role most recently held by Jacqueline Flug. Robinso...

September 2, 2019

Happy Labor Day, Roosevelt Island! It’s been another summer of change on Roosevelt Island, and at The WIRE

You didn’t hear much from us this summer because it’s been a tumultuous summer for me personally, culiminating with my family’s very Roosevelt Island international move off Roosevelt Island. My husband, three children and I are moving to London for a few years.

The WIRE will still be around and we are in the process of building our new team. 

Stor...

When she’s not teaching children’s ballet and dance classes at Main Street Theater and Dance Alliance (MSTDA), Canadian born Haley Ostir is deeply entrenched in the life of a triple threat Broadway actress. Currently cast in the role of rehearsal swing for the Jersey Boys Tour Company, Ostir must learn all three female parts of the show, and like an understudy on steroids, jump in to play any one of them as needed.

"It don’t me...

Next week launches the final week of the enormously popular Broadway Boot Camps at Main Street Theatre Dance Alliance (MSTDA), and there is still time to register. Broadway Boot Camps are an exciting new intensive workshop experience created by MSTDA assistant director Kimbirdlee and Jonathan Fadner in which children can learn and explore musical theater. This July, Jonathan directed the first boot camp to focus on kids creating an original musical fr...

July 30, 2019

Last Thursday evening was one of those perfect New York City summer days beckoning you to spend time outdoors. 23 photography enthusiasts gathered at FDR

Four Freedoms Park to partake in a summer workshop, Filling in the Blanks.

The event was a BYOC event, bring your own camera, led by Brooke DiDonato, a visual artist from Ohio. DiDonato is known for her surrealist style in which she plays with spaces and environments to create captivating photos.

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Re-Introducing RIOC is a new way for RIOC to inform residents and stakeholders about the many new people who have come to work on the island in the past several years.

In a recent interview, Kevin Brown, the Acting Director of the Public Safety Department (PSD), took some time to answer a few questions about his life and his career.

Erica Spencer-EL: You were working with Jack (Former PSD Chief Jack McManus) for almost three years and most people in the...

Fade is what they refuse to do.  Disappearing into the background is not going to happen.  Fighting to ensure their fate does not befall the youth of future generations is what they are doing with all their might. And they are healing through the redemptive power of words. 

FADE is a new play by Coler Hospital-based non-profit Open Doors opening this weekend at Main Street Theatre and Dance Alliance's Howe Theatre. Joel Francois and the...

June 28, 2019

Public Safety Chief Jack McManus, who has served as Chief of the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation’s (RIOC) Public Safety Department (PSD) since June of 2013, will officially retire on June 30. His deputy, Kevin Brown, will serve as Acting Chief until a permanent replacement is announced. 

The first lovefest between outgoing Chief Jack McManus and the Island community took place last Tuesday, after the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation Board...

June 28, 2019

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) has issued a formal Call for Artists to create a memorial for Nellie Bly, the ground-breaking journalist who exposed the horrors of the Blackwell Island Insane Asylum in 1887 her on Roosevelt Island. The proposed memorial is part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s ongoing initiative to bring attention to the many contributions that women have made to New York State’s history.

While working as an investigativ...

June 27, 2019

A few weeks ago, Cornell Tech held its second recognition ceremony – the actual commencement takes place in Ithaca. The ceremony marked the graduate school’s second full year on Roosevelt Island, a year that also encompassed continued campus construction, and additional connections between the residential community further north and the campus.

The University launched its popular Community Conversations program earlier this year, building on the 3D-pri...

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