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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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. 


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 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...

June 26, 2019

From a long-awaited Blackwell House ribbon cutting to a new comfort station at the Octagon Field, a lot happened at yesterday’s board meeting. The highlight, however, was that three new Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation board members – Southtown’s Conway Ekpo, former Roosevelt Island Residents Association president Jeffrey Escobar, and part-time Islander David Kapell – were confirmed by the State Finance Board late last week and were seated in ti...

June 17, 2019

Thank you for stopping by our table at Roosevelt Island Day, our third year in a row participating. This year we asked you to share story ideas with us. We taped brown paper to our table and had multi-colored Sharpie markers for you to write with. You shared everything from your artwork to your hopes and wishes about Roosevelt Island.

People wrote about the need for more programming for high school kids, increased access to our fields, more dance and b...

June 7, 2019

Roosevelt Island Day, the day to give back to the Island and celebrate our neighborhood is tomorrow.

Breakfast, hosted by the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) will be served outside at the plaza starting at 9:00am. (The Farmer's Market will be back underneath the helix for tomorrow, and will be brought back to Good Shepherd Plaza next Saturday.) Also starting at 9:00 tomorrow morning, Big Reuse, GRIN (Green Roosevelt Island Neighbors), iDi...

June 6, 2019

New York's largest pride flag, 12 feet by 100 feet, will be unveiled at FDR Four Freedoms Park on June 14. It will adorn the Park's iconic staircase through June 30 in celebration of World Pride. The official unveiling, open to the public, will take place on June 15 between 12:00-6:00pm, at an event called #AscendWithPride: An Afternoon with Friends & Family, along with digital platform resource Video Out and Drag Queen Story Hour....

May 31, 2019

Many Islanders and Island organizations heeded the call from Figment NYC, the two-day free participatory arts event being held here this weekend, to submit their art for consideration and will be among the 90 installations lining the Island's west promenade.

Figment celebrates creativity, and appreciates art that encourages participants to play, dance, sing, create, engage, experiment, and explore their environment, perfect for our multi-talented commu...

May 30, 2019

Itching to get off the Island, but not looking forward to taking a hot, sticky subway ride just to stand on line with tourists? We are with you.

Whether you’re looking to soak up some history, spend some time on the water, or have some family fun, the Brooklyn Navy Yard has much to offer—and most of it won’t cost you anything. The NYC Ferry ride from Roosevelt Island to the Brooklyn Navy Yard, launched on May 20, takes a half an hour and makes for a fu...

May 24, 2019

A Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation Town Meeting was held yesterday to discuss safety and preparations for Figment NYC, the participatory arts event that will be held on June 1 and June 2 at various locations on Roosevelt Island. Residents, who lined the chapel’s center aisle with questions after presentations from RIOC’s Susan Rosenthal and Mary Cuneen and the Public Safety Department’s Chief Jack McManus and Deputy Kevin Brown, mostly offered n...

May 23, 2019

Next Thursday, to celebrate New York born Walt Whitman’s 200th Birthday, Compagnia De' Colombari, an international collective of performing artists, will perform More Or Less I Am (MOLIA), adapted from Whitman's first major work, Song of Myself at the FDR Four Freedoms Park. Conceived and directed by Karin Coonrod with original music by Colin Jacobsen, Kyle Sanna and Eric Jacobsen, Compagnia De' Colombari has been performing MOLIA since 2008.


May 22, 2019

Janine Schaefer, a volunteer on the Roosevelt Island Residents Association’s (RIRA) Social, Cultural & Events committee is the chair of this year's Blood Drive, that takes place on Roosevelt Island Day, June 8.

The Blood Drive was started by  former RIRA President, Matthew Katz, in the deep winter of 2002, just after – and in response to – the 9/11 attacks. The next year the organizers tied the drive to Roosevelt Island Day, in line with that day’s the...

May 15, 2019

Amanda Sadlier was formally installed as lead pastor of Hope Covenant Church, replacing her husband, Dan Sadlier, at a service on May 5, attended by Howard K. Burgoyne, the superintendent of the East Coast Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church, of which Hope Covenant Church is a member.

Hope Covenant Church, an Evangelical Christian Church, celebrated its fifth anniversary this spring. In the fall of 2018, the founding pastor of Hope, Dan Sadli...

May 14, 2019

After this year’s Cherry Blossom Festival brought tens of thousands of visitors to the Island – some estimates have the number at as much as 50,000 – the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) announced that they are joining forces with other city and state agencies to formulate a plan for the participatory arts festival FIGMENT, scheduled for June 1 and 2 at Lighthouse Park. RIOC President Susan Rosenthal is calling their plan a “test case” fo...

May 7, 2019

In a meeting last week, Community Board 8’s transportation committee passed a resolution that would extend our ferry service to the Upper East Side’s 90th street ferry stop. And that’s not the first expansion to our line – debuting May 20, the Astoria Ferry line will add a stop at the Brooklyn Navy Yard making the Island even more accessible to Manhattan and Brooklyn.

The Durst Organization, which recently opened the first of seven residential towers i...

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