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Islanders Enjoy Fall for the Arts Festival

RIOC and RIRA Meet on Back to Back Evenings Last Week

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October 19, 2019

Halloween is a great time for fun... and fundraising.  Next weekend beloved island institutions Island Kids and Main Street Theatre and Dance Alliance (MSTDA) are offering up an extra special night of spooky mischief to raise support for vital programming that benefits Island youth and adults alike.

Nikki Giovanni and Kristi Towey, Executive Directors of Island Kids and Main Street Theater and Dance Alliance (MSTDA), wish their events weren’t conf...

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...

This weekend 48 Roosevelt Island kids in three different casts will take the stage in the Main Street Theatre and Dance Alliance (MST&DA) children’s musical theater production of Beauty & the Beast Jr.   

With music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, and book by Linda Woolverton, Beauty & the Beast Jr.  tells the story of an arrogant prince cursed to live as a terrifying beast until he finds his true love. Belle, the quirky, dre...

May 31, 2019

Many Islanders and Island organizations heeded the call from Figment NYC, the two-day free participatory arts event being held here this weekend, to submit their art for consideration and will be among the 90 installations lining the Island's west promenade.

Figment celebrates creativity, and appreciates art that encourages participants to play, dance, sing, create, engage, experiment, and explore their environment, perfect for our multi-talented commu...

May 23, 2019

Next Thursday, to celebrate New York born Walt Whitman’s 200th Birthday, Compagnia De' Colombari, an international collective of performing artists, will perform More Or Less I Am (MOLIA), adapted from Whitman's first major work, Song of Myself at the FDR Four Freedoms Park. Conceived and directed by Karin Coonrod with original music by Colin Jacobsen, Kyle Sanna and Eric Jacobsen, Compagnia De' Colombari has been performing MOLIA since 2008.


May 15, 2019

Amanda Sadlier was formally installed as lead pastor of Hope Covenant Church, replacing her husband, Dan Sadlier, at a service on May 5, attended by Howard K. Burgoyne, the superintendent of the East Coast Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church, of which Hope Covenant Church is a member.

Hope Covenant Church, an Evangelical Christian Church, celebrated its fifth anniversary this spring. In the fall of 2018, the founding pastor of Hope, Dan Sadli...

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...

May 7, 2019

New York Junior Tennis & Learning's (NYJTL) spring season has begun outside at the Octagon Park tennis courts. NYJTL is the largest grassroots tennis and education nonprofit in the U.S., serving 85,000 kids in all five boroughs annually. 

The hours are 3:00 - 6:00 pm for those aged seven through 18, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Pee-wees, five and six-year olds, as well as seven-year old beginners, may attend from 3:3...

April 29, 2019

This Friday another exciting production opens at Main Street Theater and Dance Alliance (MSTDA):  The Theory of Relativity, presented by the teen acting class and directed by longtime MSTDA director Jacqueline Cusick.  The “song cycle” is chock full of songs, scenes and monologues that celebrate our unique, wonderful, and surprisingly interconnected lives. The three performances, are this upcoming Friday and Saturday at 8pm, as well as Sunday at 7pm....

April 29, 2019

The Roosevelt Island New York Public Library has added yet another tutoring option to it’s increasingly robust roster of events and services that include a variety of different age and genre focused book discussion groups; but also coloring, calligraphy, history presentations, movie screenings, gardening programs, and tech programming.

Saturdays at the library now feature additional tutoring slots provided by Stuyvesant High School freshman, Anika Amin...

April 9, 2019

Our friend and neighbor Ursula Beau-Seigneur passed away March 27, 2019.  A Memorial Service celebrating her life will take place on April 24 at the Cabrini Chapel at 504 Main Street at 6:00PM.

Ursula was active in the Roosevelt Island Historical Society for many years.  She was a writer and editor of our book, Images of America: Roosevelt Island in 2003 and the author of the text for its maps of the Island.

Quietly, Ursul...

March 11, 2019

R&R Concerts, the concert series that has been presenting extraordinary performances of classical music on Roosevelt Island for more than a decade will now be known as Roosevelt Island Concerts. As one of the few New York series presenting both chamber music and orchestral concerts, its rich repertoire draws audiences from Roosevelt Island and throughout New York City.  

 Promo video for October 2018 concert by Xi Wang

The first event presented as...

January 28, 2019

Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance's (MST&DA) Director of Teen Theatre, actor/director Joan Marie Cusick, who goes by stage name Joan Marie, not only grew up on Roosevelt Island; her family moved here when she was in preschool, but she has been doing theatre almost as long, thanks to MST&DA where she first studied. Marie is directing the upcoming teen performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream, a play she once starred in, as lead, He...

January 20, 2019

Following Scott Piro’s resignation as secretary, I want to ensure we remember our responsibility to all RIRA members - the Roosevelt Island community - and what we are here to do for them.

As such, at January meeting, the Council addressed three things:

  1. How we want to move forward

  2. How we want to treat each other and our community

  3. What next steps we need to take to help us focus on our community needs

Lynne Shinozaki, RIRA President


December 1, 2018

Congratulations to PS/IS 217 middle school students who received 90% or better in allsubjects on their first-trimester grades.

Social Studies teacher Andrew Buttermilch says, "We congratulate the following students for making the 217 HonorRoll!"


Theoentle Boniface 

Isabella Torres

Elizabeth Miranda

Maziko Kandulu

Zhara Thomas

Persya Perez

Neriah Umeh


Virginia Lima

Shah Rahman

Sean Ramirez

Deyan Reza

Ivan Dronjic


Hooriya Aamir

Buraid Ahmad

Ksenia Ibatullina


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