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In the fall of 2014, Trellis owner Kaie Razaghi and his son Alex closed the diner they operated in the heart of Roosevelt Island to begin a renovation project that was expected to last a few months. 

The overhaul took more than three years. 

Today, despite a new look and new name, the restaurant’s owners say the important things haven’t changed: their commitment to creating a neighborhood eatery and their love for Roosevelt Island. 

Island teens Bryan Cu...

January 22, 2018

As a Roosevelt Island resident since 2008, and a public relations and marketing communications consultant, I have long held an interest in how Roosevelt Island is promoted to the general public. I was instrumental in securing a neighborhood directory placed in the subway station, where schools, the Visitor Kiosk, and the RIOC office are listed. In addition, I have raised the issue of directional signage to the RIOC Board.

Often, I find RIOC does an ina...

January 6, 2018

How long will Islanders have to put up with the outrageous price of produce?

November 28, 2017

After three years, a full renovation, a string of bad luck, and persistent rumors of its demise, the former Trellis Diner is officially reopening as Nisi on December 4. 

Father-son team, Kaie and Alex Razaghi, offered The WIRE a sneak peek at the renovations and the new menu. The food is modern American with twist of Greek, and is focused on fresh ingredients. According to Alex, the menu will change seasonally. He also expects to add to the menu over t...

October 29, 2017

When Cornell University partnered with the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology to build a new graduate school on Roosevelt Island, they didn’t just bring their reputation as an Ivy League school. They also brought their ice cream. 

“Cornell Dairy in Ithaca is thrilled to have the dairy’s ice cream available on Roosevelt Island at the Café – the first time any Cornell Dairy product has ever been available in the New York City area,” said Deanna Si...

October 18, 2017

A reader argues for the inclusion of two fan favorites to our list of best lunch spots on the Island.

October 5, 2017

Uncrowded streets. Lazy strolls along the promenade. Expansive views of New York’s cityscape. Ahhhhhh – the beauty and splendor of Island living. And yet (insert heavy sigh) . . . where to eat? This is a daily dilemma facing those of us who call Roosevelt Island our home. And for those of us new to the Island, including myself (as of December), figuring out what to do when your stomach starts growling can be a downright traumatic experience. There are...

September 29, 2017

The line outside what used to be Coach Scot’s Main Street Sweets was a surprise to Islanders walking to the Fall for Arts activities last Saturday morning. Many had believed construction had stalled, and the bubble tea shop planned for that space was going the way of so many other Island retail shops. 

BubbleCool opened for a “preview” at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, and the first 50 Islanders who waited in line were treated to free bubble tea. On Sunday, they...

September 2, 2017

Unless you’ve been living under a rock – or on one, as is the case for Roosevelt Islanders – you’ve probably noticed that the Queens beer scene is growing. From tiny micro breweries to hip neighborhood joints, there are some serious hops to try across the river in Long Island City. And with the Island’s new ferry terminal opening in just a few days, some of the best local brews will soon be mere minutes away.

Because we are always willing to accept a c...

July 31, 2017

The former Trellis diner has become a unpleasant symbol for state of Island retail

June 25, 2017

Ask ten Islanders about the impending fate of the former Trellis diner at the north end of Good Shepherd Plaza, and you’re likely to get ten different answers. 

“The question I get asked more than anything else is, ‘What is happening with Trellis,’” says RIOC board member Margie Smith. 

The diner, once a favorite haunt of Islanders looking for a place to linger over a cup of coffee or to gather with neighbors, closed in September of 2014 to begin a reno...

June 25, 2017

A reader asks: What ever happened to NISI, the former Trellis Diner spot?

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