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September 2, 2019

Happy Labor Day, Roosevelt Island! It’s been another summer of change on Roosevelt Island, and at The WIRE

You didn’t hear much from us this summer because it’s been a tumultuous summer for me personally, culiminating with my family’s very Roosevelt Island international move off Roosevelt Island. My husband, three children and I are moving to London for a few years.

The WIRE will still be around and we are in the process of building our new team. 


June 28, 2019

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) has issued a formal Call for Artists to create a memorial for Nellie Bly, the ground-breaking journalist who exposed the horrors of the Blackwell Island Insane Asylum in 1887 her on Roosevelt Island. The proposed memorial is part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s ongoing initiative to bring attention to the many contributions that women have made to New York State’s history.

While working as an investigativ...

May 14, 2019

Island Kids has launched its new initiative, Moving Forward, a program developed for high schoolers (ages 14-18), and separately, one for young adults (ages 18 - 30) with work readiness, cooking, and songwriting programs. They hope to bridge a programming gap that has an increased focus on younger children and babies, at the expense of teens and young adults, to provide enrichment and programming for this forgotten cohort.

Roosevelt Island suffers a gl...

January 7, 2019

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) board passed a resolution at their last board meeting overruling the Roosevelt Island Residents Association’s (RIRA) public purpose fund recommendations, agreeing to take 5% of funds from other applicants and giving that sum to the Carter Burden Network Senior Center. It's a move that undoes years of effort by Islanders seeking some decision-making ability in how funds are spent in their own community.


December 15, 2018

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation spent much of Thursday night's Board of Director's meeting getting their ducks in a row as they close out 2018, including hirings, getting back to work on the Tram elevator, waterproofing all of the floors of Motorgate, and taking down the green fencing on the DEP site. But that doesn't mean there weren't any fireworks. The Board also took the opportunity to tweak RIRA's Public Purpose Fund recommendations, o...

March 10, 2018

Four Island women, Lisa Fernandez, Nikki Leopold, Marie Luarca-Reyes, and Sharon Williams were be honored by Assembly Member Rebecca A. Seawright on March 8, as part of the Fourth Annual Women of Distinction Awards. 

“In March, during Women’s History Month, we have chosen to recognize the women of today who are speaking up, inspiring others and working hard to put our community on a better path,” said Seawright. The Assembly Member is honoring ten...

February 18, 2018

This week, the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, unveiled a much talked-about new portrait of former President Barack Obama, painted by Kehinde Wiley. But if you don’t have time for the trip south, local artist Lisa Enem can offer you something a little closer to home. 

An exhibit of Enem’s vibrant work, currently on display at the Roosevelt Island Senior Center, features her own portrait of our 44th president, set against a bright yellow ba...

December 2, 2017

Lisa Fernandez offers thanks to all those who lent their time and support to this year's Thanksgiving meal at the Senior Center.

September 22, 2017

A reader responds to a previous letter about conflict between the Senior Center management and the Roosevelt Island Seniors' Association.

August 27, 2017

Last year, when the Roosevelt Island Senior Association’s sponsorship wasn’t renewed by the Department for the Aging and its program director, Rema Townsend, was fired, all former board members turned their back on RISA. Only Barbara Parker stayed. Some people saw that as proof that she was somehow involved in the same criminal activity that Townsend would later plead guilty to. Yet Parker, and a brand new board, were able to maintain most of the curr...

August 26, 2017

The board of the Roosevelt Island Senior Association (RISA) has found itself on the defensive following a guilty plea to larceny charges by its former program director, Rema Townsend, who admitted stealing money from the non-profit’s coffers. One of the most vocal critics has been Michael Shinozaki of the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) Board. At the board’s August meeting, he brought a motion to withhold Public Purpose funds previously...

July 31, 2017

A RISA board member says the Senior Center's new operator is trying to undermine the group. Carter Burden responds.

June 11, 2017

At the May Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation public board meeting, the Roosevelt Island Seniors Association (RISA) was approved to receive approximately $12,000 in public purpose funds (PPF) by a 5-to-1 vote. It was a moment the group had been waiting for for months.

The only naysayer was Board member Michael Shinozaki, who harshly questioned RISA President, Barbara Parker, for receiving compensation for teaching classes under the former RISA boar...

For as long as I can remember, I have loved the company of older people, starting with my grandparents. Their experience, their wisdom, and their love, always enchanted me. I have such fond memories of them – playing cards, taking walks, cooking, creating family trees, telling stories, and constantly exclaiming, “I can’t wait to be retired!” I am lucky enough to say my Grandma and Grandpa are still around to remind me of that to this day.

Today, I am f...

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