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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...

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 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.

Whitman,...

April 29, 2019

This Friday another exciting production opens at Main Street Theater and Dance Alliance (MSTDA):  The Theory of Relativity, presented by the teen acting class and directed by longtime MSTDA director Jacqueline Cusick.  The “song cycle” is chock full of songs, scenes and monologues that celebrate our unique, wonderful, and surprisingly interconnected lives. The three performances, are this upcoming Friday and Saturday at 8pm, as well as Sunday at 7pm....

April 22, 2019

A little rain couldn't stop these egg hunters! After being postponed from 10am to 4pm due to weather, Island kids found 10,000 eggs at Firefighter's Field. For the second year in a row, Hope Church sponsored the event with some help from Island groups including the Roosevelt Island Marlins and the Girl Scouts. 

Images from Josie Chamla, Hellen Ohonde, Brianna Pierce, and Srijana Shahthapa

April 16, 2019

On Saturday April 13, the eighth annual Roosevelt Island Cherry Blossom Festival was held. Like previous years, there was a morning tea ceremony, community picnics and food vendors, a Japanese Cultural Fair, and music and dance performances. The weather could not have been more beautiful.

Jim Luce, Island resident and founder and president of the J. Luce Foundation was the master of ceremonies. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney shared remarks, as did...

April 9, 2019

Despite it being a cold and rainy evening (there were heat lamps!), artists and art lovers assembled in Motorgate last Friday evening to celebrate the unveiling of the 2018 Fall for Arts Festival murals. 

A reception in the Atrium with live music from Roosevelt Island band The Jazz Kats added to the fun, as did the light refreshments and a tour of this unique art.

Artists were on hand, including the Island's girl scouts as well as a group from...

January 29, 2019

This weekend, Islanders will be treated to Shakespeare comedy, A Midsummer Night's Dream, acted by the local teens in Main Street Theater and Dance Alliance’s (MST&DA) Teen Theater class. Directed by Island resident Joan Marie, with music by Jon Cook, scene design by the Roosevelt Island Visual Artist's Association's Dan Nistor, and Graphic Design by Ana McCasland, the cast is comprised of 15 actors whose ages range from the eighth grade to seniors in...

January 13, 2019

The Weill Cornell Post-Doctoral Association is sponsoring its first Post Doc Pub Talk, a Science Outreach Event, at Nisi on January 22. The organizers hope it will become a series of discussions where Island-based researchers bridge the distance between the growing “science community” on the Island and the rest of the community.

The first talk, entitled Beautiful Minds, Brain Research From Cell Culture to Patients, will feature two researchers from Wei...

October 13, 2018

The local public school hosted their annual Monster Bash this past Friday. The PTA fundraiser has long been seen by Island children as the unofficial start of Halloween. The event, open to the entire community, offered games, homemade baked goods and other yummy hot and cold, savory and sweet offerings. Activities included pumpkin painting, face painting, a jumpy-house, and music. The event, held in the school courtyard was a community affair with man...

October 13, 2018

Meredith Monk chose Roosevelt Island for a site-specific performance in 1994 called American Archeology No. 1: Roosevelt Island, which explored the Island’s history and its evolution to a residential community. Through music, dance, and the powerful imagery of Lighthouse Park and the smallpox hospital ruins, Monk evoked the spirit of the Island and she invited Roosevelt Island residents and doctors from Bird S. Coler Hospital and Goldwater Memorial Ho...

October 13, 2018

 In her remarks, Lorraine Lasker, Island resident and former RICLA board member discussed the vision for the original Roosevelt Library, "a library manned by volunteers, stocked by donated books, and with a membership fee suited to a diverse community." Photo from NYPL.

New York Public Library (NYPL) and Department of Design and Construction (DDC) officials joined a group Island residents including Lorraine Lasker, a former Roosevelt Island Commun...

October 7, 2018

Reimagine End of Life, billed as a week that explores big questions about life and death through creativity and conversation, is coming to New York – and Roosevelt Island – for the first time in its two-year history.


Brought to the Island by Westview resident J. Khadijah Abdurahman, the October 28 event includes three art workshops, which will let participants explore the theme through clay, theater, and music. The day will culminate in a panel discus...

October 7, 2018

Creativity was in the air Saturday as Islanders came out for the annual Fall for Arts festival, which included dance lessons, yoga, crafts, entertainment, and live painting demonstrations. 

Photos by Irina Island Images

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