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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June 3, 2018

It seems like only yesterday that we were pining for the warmth of the spring sun as the grip of winter continued its hold on our little ship in the East River. We braved the snowy, wet, and cold conditions well into April. 

Now, as our short spring of cool nights and perfect days has begun to wane, it is only natural that our minds wander to the days of active air conditioners, family dinners around the picnic table, and our Island children playing al...

May 16, 2018

Next Saturday, May 19, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the Good Shepherd Center, 543 Main Street, our Roosevelt Island community will be coming together to celebrate the life of an Island stalwart, community advocate, and the past editor-in-chief of The Main Street WIRE, Dick Lutz, who recently passed away.  

For many of us, Dick and his work on The WIRE were the epitome of what it means to provide fact-based, unbiased, in-depth community reporting grounded in...

May 2, 2018

From an afternoon of Japanese musical performances to traditional tea ceremonies, family picnics under the cherry blossoms, and a Japanese cultural fair, our little ship in the East River was once again abloom last Saturday, April 21, with visitors from both near and far, for the annual RIRA Cherry Blossom Festival. 

A record of over 10,000 attendees, including elected officials from across our City and State – as well as members of the Japanese Missio...

March 28, 2018

It is was with a heavy heart that many of us this last week learned that a fixture, stalwart, and advocate of our community had unexpectedly passed away. Both personally and as an organization, we did not always agree with Dick Lutz, former editor-in-chief of The WIRE. But his resolve, grit, and love of Roosevelt Island, and all of us who make up life on this Island, was always evident in all that he did. 

Always an advocate and supporter of those in o...

February 18, 2018

As highlighted in our prior column, RIOC and Hudson/Related have been soliciting support for their planned installation of 10-foot-high red RI letters “welcoming” visitors as they exit the Tram directly outside the Roosevelt Island Historical Society’s Visitor Center Kiosk. As part of their campaign to elicit community support, representatives of RIOC and Hudson Related waited in the cold on Saturday, February 3, for arriving Tram passengers to submit...

January 6, 2018

A very happy and healthy New Year from your RIRA Common Council to all of you, our Island neighbors, family, and friends. We truly hope this past holiday season was a memorable one, filled with light, joy, and goodwill to all, and that, despite the hubbub and mad dash of the season, you were afforded a small opportunity to enjoy the brightness of the holiday. 

As of this writing, our little ship in the East River – along with the rest of the eastern se...

December 5, 2017

Although it was only last week that we were polishing off the Thanksgiving turkey and watching the last leaves of our trees turn a golden hue, the holiday season is now upon us in full force. Regardless of which holiday of light you may celebrate during this joyous time, there’s a special feeling we share as a community when twinkling lights illuminate our nights. It’s as if each light sends a new spirit of love, hope, joy, and renewal through the hea...

October 18, 2017

Despite the last gasps of summer last weekend, fall is determined to arrive on our little ship in the East River. 

As our beautiful island trees start to turn and the fireworks of fall colors take hold, our thoughts turn from outdoor play to pumpkins and apples. Here is a taste of what October brings for you and your little ghouls and ghals in the next few weeks.

Halloween Parade

Why head downtown for a Halloween costume parade when you and your little F...

September 30, 2017

From another successful Fall for Arts Festival last Saturday to the upcoming Halloween Parade on October 28, there’s much ado in your Roosevelt Island community – and a lot going on with your Common Council.

Fall for Arts 2017

Did you hear that? Was that the rustling of fall leaves as our seasons begin to turn? Or the sound of paint brushes on 6-by-8 foot murals creating cherished works of art? Were you one of many Roosevelt Islanders who enjoyed a day...

September 20, 2017

Friends and neighbors, with the change of the season to fall, your Roosevelt Island Residents Association Common Council has returned in earnest from its summer hiatus. And just as the seasons have changed, so too has life on our ship in the East River.

Transportation Woes

For many Island residents, it is still hard to believe that ferry service to and from Roosevelt Island to Manhattan and Queens is up and running. Be sure to download the NYC Ferry app...

May 27, 2017

On May 22, 2017, an unspeakable act of horror occurred halfway around the world that is reverberating throughout the hearts and minds of our community. We ask that each and every one of us, as members of our global community, take a step back to reflect on the horrifying events of these last few days, and give a moment of silence and kind thoughts for the children and youth around the globe who are victims of ruthless and senseless violence. We especi...

April 9, 2017

RIRA President Jeff Escobar on the importance of Islanders' voices being heard by the Governor, as well as a thank you to the organizers and sponsors of the RIRA Egg Hunt.

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