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June 14, 2019

Our community has just experienced the best outcome of representative government.

After the highly successful programming of the Cherry Blossom Festival, and the unanticipated issues of overcrowding and transportation, residents, in true Roosevelt Island tradition, did not sit back and suffer these problems in silence.

The good news, beyond the fact that there were no injuries or police incidents during the Cherry Blossom Festival, is that our conc...

June 14, 2019

A shimmering, larger-than-life unicorn, propelled by a human-powered go-cart escorting a mounted human at a soaring height, with its magnificent, moving head and neck steered around Lighthouse Park. Then there were swings; enormous, moveable beach balls, a big frog with an unfurling tongue and joyous rhythmic music that made you want to dance. There was a costume shop, overflowing with silly and colorful hats and outfits free for the taking, with the...

May 24, 2019

A Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation Town Meeting was held yesterday to discuss safety and preparations for Figment NYC, the participatory arts event that will be held on June 1 and June 2 at various locations on Roosevelt Island. Residents, who lined the chapel’s center aisle with questions after presentations from RIOC’s Susan Rosenthal and Mary Cuneen and the Public Safety Department’s Chief Jack McManus and Deputy Kevin Brown, mostly offered n...

May 14, 2019

After this year’s Cherry Blossom Festival brought tens of thousands of visitors to the Island – some estimates have the number at as much as 50,000 – the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) announced that they are joining forces with other city and state agencies to formulate a plan for the participatory arts festival FIGMENT, scheduled for June 1 and 2 at Lighthouse Park. RIOC President Susan Rosenthal is calling their plan a “test case” fo...

April 21, 2019

The Cherry Blossom Festival on April 13, 2019 was a most memorable day for the following


  1. The fantastic performances: everything from the Japanese Cultural Fair at GalleryRIVAA to the Tea Ceremonies at South Point Park, to the performances at FourFreedoms Park. The visitors were dazzled by the performers and we received endless positive feedback. The Cherry Blossom Festival Committee is very grateful to the neighbors, musicians, dancers and...

April 21, 2019

On Saturday, April 13th, the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) presented their annual Cherry Blossom Festival, partnering with the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) and FDR Four Freedoms State Park. While the event was highly successful, with great weather, fabulous entertainment, Japanese culture, and of course the beautiful cherry blossom trees, the island experienced overcrowding in its transportation hubs, at the Tramway, S...

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...

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 16, 2019

Around 10,000 visitors were expected on the Island for Saturday’s annual Cherry Blossom Festival. Instead, somewhere between 25,000 and 30,000 came. “It was amazing, actually,” said Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation president, Susan Rosenthal, of the numbers.

The Roosevelt Island Cherry Blossom Festival has been held every year since 2011. It was the brainchild of current RIRA President Lynne Shinozaki, then-Chair of RIRA’s Social, Cultural & Educ...

The Cherry Blossom Festival, organized by The Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA), will be held on Saturday, April 13. SAVE THE DATE for a memorable afternoon.

Once again, as we celebrate the magnificent cherry trees in bloom on the Island and the breadth of Japanese culture in New York City, RIRA is pleased to sponsor the Annual Roosevelt Island Cherry Blossom Festival, in cooperation with the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) an...

October 7, 2018

As many of you may know, Four Freedoms Park Conservancy is the nonprofit responsible for

operatingand programming Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms State Park on the southern tip of the island. The park, which was designed by acclaimed architect Louis Kahn, is named in honor of both President Roosevelt and his Four Freedoms address, which outlined FDR’s vision for a more just and equitable world.

Our mission, as stewards of this state park,...

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