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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March 11, 2019

The Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) passed a resolution opposing removal of 11 of the Island’s big, old, shade trees that will make way for a ten-foot fence encircling the Octagon Field. It also opposes the excessive permitting on all of our fields, that they assert comes at the expense of Islanders.

 The ten-foot fence in red will encircle the new field, image courtesy of RIOC

Rossana Ceruzzi, chair of the Island Services Committee,...

July 5, 2018

The  water was reinstated to the cat sanctuary at Southpoint Park!

First and foremost, I want to extend my heartfelt thanks and warmest profound gratitude on

behalf of both the Wildlife Freedom Foundation, and myself, to the entire community of Roosevelt

Island and to the 3,756 people who signed our petition to turn the water back on. Some of you campaigned tirelessly to have the water reinstated at the cat sanctuary in Southpoint Park. Magnifi...

March 15, 2018

At 10:00 a.m. on March 14, 65 students walked out of PS/IS 217 to join families and community members in demanding stronger gun laws. The event was part of the #Enough! National School Walkout and marked the one-month anniversary of the February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 students and teachers dead. 

Outside the school, the protesters carried homemade signs and sang Bob Dylan’s Blowin’ In the Wi...

February 3, 2018

About 20 Islanders joined Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright for the January 20 Women’s March in New York City.

Protesters packed Central Park West from Columbus Circle to 86th St. while speakers rallied the crowd, calling for gender, racial, sexual, and ethnic rights and equality, DACA, and more. After an hour of songs, cheers, and applause, a few hundred thousand New Yorkers marched down Sixth Ave., accompanied by a band of all-female drummers and dan...

October 29, 2017

Every Saturday morning, four large, empty green bins are rolled to the southern edge of the farmer’s market across from PS/IS 217. Over the next few hours, they slowly fill as passing Islanders drop off the past week’s food scraps – an intoxicating mixture of blackened banana peels, moldy rolls, corn husks, rotting fruit, and more.

The collection is part of an effort by the New York City Compost Project, hosted by Big Reuse, to divert some of the more...

October 29, 2017

Growing up on Roosevelt Island in the 1970s and 1980s, Micheline Hess was addicted to comic books. Her father traveled for business and would bring back comics from all over the world. “I was fascinated by them,” she recalls. “I couldn’t understand what was being said a lot of the time, but it didn’t really matter, because the visuals are what strung the story along. It really sparked a love of comics in me.”

But within the pages she spent so much time...

July 29, 2017

Costa Constantinides, chair of the City Council’s Environmental Protection Committee, is leading the charge to demand that plant operators in New York City, stop using the dirtiest grades of oil to power them.

June 28, 2017

Island internist Dr. Jack Resnick has been a champion and advocate of in-home care for the past two decades. His quest began in 1998 after he lost a 48-year-old quadriplegic patient to a hospitalization gone wrong. According to Resnick, if the patient’s urinary tract infection had been treated at home, the antibiotic-resistant bedsore that caused his death would have been prevented. 

Dr. Jack Resnick started the DASH program

Convinced that in-home care...

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