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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September 16, 2018

In the early morning, when the weather is nice, I frequently find myself on our balcony

watching the river flow, the birds fly, boats "boating," and people walking by. Over time I

start to notice, like clockwork, just before 8 am, a man on a bicycle with his tiny

helmeted baby strapped to a seat straddling the frame in front of him. He zips by

at fairly high speed, turns the corner, and then heads north on the path by the East River.

The baby always l...

December 16, 2017

If things go according to plan, visitors to the Island’s southern dog run will soon enjoy a new view – and some much needed shade. The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation and real estate developer Hudson Related have agreed to temporarily relocate to Blackwell Park to make way for the impending construction of two new residential towers.

The south dog run was originally scheduled to remain in its current location when construction begins on Riverwal...

December 3, 2017

Is an island-wide rat abatement plan needed to keep the rodent population in check?

November 11, 2017

In the decade since Roosevelt Island’s housing boom ushered in dog-friendly policies, the Island’s dog population has swelled.  Today, signs of the maturing dog community are everywhere, from an annual Halloween dog costume contest to regular visits by mobile vet and grooming services – everywhere, that is, except at the two barebone dog runs that serve as the only off-leash spots where Island dogs can romp.  Citing a lack of fresh water, sufficient...

October 30, 2017

On October 29, the Wildlife Freedom Foundation held their second annual "Howloween Dog Costume Contest." The wonderful, happy, and woof-woof contest was held at the Manhattan Park Theatre Club, where the categories were Best in Show, Funniest, Scariest, Smallest and Cutest,  and Best Trick.

All the dogs were happy to parade around and show how adorable they were. It was a fun place to be for all the dog lovers on this Island. The prizes were incr...

September 20, 2017

Our magnificent birds, small and large, are on the move to winter habitat in Central and South America and the Caribbean. As many of you know, we are logistically on the Atlantic Flyway route. It’s a wonderful journey, but too many of them will never reach their destinations. They will collide with glass windows and die. 

There are two bird migration cycles during the year, spring and fall; we are at the beginning of the fall period, which will end in...

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...

August 27, 2017

I’d like to address the highly dangerous rat infestation that affected PS/IS 217 and the toxic, shortsighted solution provided by the New York City Department of Education (DOE) – as well as the natural, straightforward solution: cats!

I think everyone knows about the recent rat infestation at our public school. What is less known, however, is that the DOE “resolved” the issue by applying toxic chemicals around the infested area, which also happens to...

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