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 14, 2019

Our community has just experienced the best outcome of representative government.

After the highly successful programming of the Cherry Blossom Festival, and the unanticipated issues of overcrowding and transportation, residents, in true Roosevelt Island tradition, did not sit back and suffer these problems in silence.

The good news, beyond the fact that there were no injuries or police incidents during the Cherry Blossom Festival, is that our conc...

April 18, 2018

To celebrate the magnificent cherry trees in bloom and the breadth of Japanese culture on the Island, the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA), in cooperation with the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) and Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, is pleased to sponsor the Annual Roosevelt Island Cherry Blossom Festival.

Saturday, April 21, will be a day for residents and visitors of all ages to see, hear, dance, and even taste asp...

November 11, 2017

A few years ago, one of our neighbors on Roosevelt Island died of starvation. PayItForward, a subcommittee of the Social, Cultural & Educational Committee of the Roosevelt Island Residents’ Association (RIRA), was formed to make sure that nothing like that ever occurs again. 

Members of PayItForward contacted the medical and religious communities to build a list of food-challenged neighbors who might need and appreciate a holiday food distribution. Wit...

May 15, 2017

The 2017 Roosevelt Island Cherry Blossom Festival was a tremendous success!

Attendance at Four Freedoms Park exceeded 5,000 people, who came to watch performances by world-class performance groups, as well as local community groups. Many of these outstanding performers have volunteered to perform since our first festival in 2011. We again presented traditional Japanese Folk Dancing Instruction sponsored by Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance; members...

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