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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 17, 2019

The Westview buildings, 595 and 625 Main Street, are in a transition period at present and have been for some years.  As the last Mitchell-Lama affordable housing residence on Roosevelt Island, we have relied on the Westview Task Force, Inc.(WTI) incorporated in 2003, for the purpose of negotiating the buyout with owners and elected by a small number of the 361 Westview tenant leaseholders.  This organization, elected by and of the tenancy and subject...

May 1, 2019

Frankly, while I always liked dogs before moving to Roosevelt Island several years ago, I now find the sheer number of dog-pets on the Island to be extremely annoying, and the number seems to be proliferating (at least, in my apartment building).

One day recently, while I was standing at the front desk speaking with the concierge, a tenant’s dog, who had been taken outside to relieve himself, apparently found it too cold outdoors to do his duty—so his...

April 28, 2019

New retail tenant Pupculture are bad neighbors! They do not care about us, the residents, and certainly don’t care about our sleep or comfort. They do construction at night. Why cause so much noise in a residential building at 10pm on a Sunday evening?

I don’t even live right above them, but on the third floor. Even with two televisions on, we are still able to hear machine noise that is extremely loud and sounds like a jackhammer. Not only were we una...

April 21, 2019

What will Roosevelt Island be like for Figment NYC this year?  

This glorious event, held in the past on the non-resident Governor's Island, is being held for the first time ever this year on Roosevelt Island. 

In trying to look on the bright side, the only positivity I can find is that maybe... just maybe the Woodstock of Roosevelt Island's 2019 Cherry Blossom Festival happened to serve as a wake-up call to alert RIOC and The Powers That...

April 20, 2019

Editor's Note: This letter has been updated with a response from RIRA's Cherry Blossom Festival Committee following Williams' letter

I wanted to let you know that last weekend's disaster caused immense distress to me and my family, in particular to some of my elderly and disabled relatives who needed to be dropped to my apartment by car to celebrate my mother's 65th birthday, a private family event.

After being assured that Main Street w...

April 20, 2019

Of the all ill-judged, silly, and dangerous things: 30,000 people on our small Island, without any thought to appropriate restrooms, transportation, or safety. 

I saw a line of people at our lovely little library using the library's single restroom. Apparently it was in constant use for three and a half hours. Does anyone want to think about the condition of that bathroom? That restroom is near the area set aside for young children? Does anyone want...

February 26, 2019

I have written this letter to address you about the problem at the Octagon soccer field. It's going to be closed for a long time and Firefighter's is the only field we can play soccer, but only on Fridays. Octagon Field is used by me and lots of other kids on the Island.

Octagon Field is a public space where you can meet up with your friends and play soccer. It is ridiculous for RIOC to permit the field! I use the field to play because it is the only...

February 25, 2019

I find it interesting and disconcerting that, four days from now (I'm writing this on February 22) on February 26, there will be an interim election to fill the vacant seat for New York City Public Advocate and the candidates are, for the most part, ciphers. 

I have received exactly two pieces of campaign literature from the seventeen (seventeen, yikes!) aspirants for the position and I wonder whether citizens from other districts in the "Big App...

February 9, 2019

The changing nature of the Island came from the changing State administration of this place. The people appointed to run the Island by governors after Governor Mario Cuomo were bureaucrats. Understandably, they looked for a solid legal base for the state to run a local community. There was no such Chapter in the State Code.

Main Street WIRE covers tell of two RIOC Presidents fired, left Jerome Blue, and right Robert Ryan

Especially, there is no legal ba...

January 3, 2019

I've been trying to get an answer as to who is responsible for pruning of trees on the property on buildings on Roosevelt Island.

I went to the RIOC office and was advised that in this particular case, it is the building management's responsibility because the trees are on their property.

I've sent management pictures, yet nothing has been done. When we have a heavy rain or snow, branches keep breaking off. I don't want someone to get hi...

January 3, 2019

I understand that RIOC has opted to ignore the recommendations approved by the Roosevelt Island community for the distribution of Public Purpose Funds. Specifically, RIOC has authorized giving additional funding to Carter-Burden, a non-resident organization.

Of course, that is RIOC’s privilege and right – the funds are theirs to distribute even though they were generated entirely from the Roosevelt Island community.

Dave Evans, RIRA Pubic Purpose Fund...

December 24, 2018

Mini-cell tower located on Main Street on periphery of Good Shepherd Plaza

To the Editor:

Today, this object appeared at the Chapel Plaza. This is another example of RIOC's disregard for the cityscape, appearance, and necessity of an obtrusive object. Along with the "RI" letters at the Tram Plaza we now have the WI-FI tower smack dab in front of the Chapel Plaza. The Chapel is a landmark structure, but unfortunately the Plaza is not, which means inappro...

November 26, 2018

I've just received and read this excellent column which attempts, through RIOC President Susan Rosenthal's responses to questions, to answer Roosevelt Island residents' concerns.  As there is no mechanism within the advisory to comment on the Q&A, I would like to address just one of those queries here.

A neighbor asked why President Rosenthal doesn't live on Roosevelt Island.  In fact, no RIOC President has ever been a resident of the Island, nor is th...

November 9, 2018

This is an example of marketing 101 gone wrong!

It reminds me of when my kids were little and outgrew their bathing suits the second week of August. So we drove to the shopping mall and all the stores only had snowsuits. Then in early February, they outgrew their snowsuits, we drove to the mall and they only had swimsuits!

C’mon RIOC…where are the Thanksgiving turkeys?

 Christmas decorations in the Good Shepherd Plaza 

And that sled blocking the farmers m...

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