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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 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 30, 2019

On Thursday, May 23rd, the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) held a Town Hall with representatives from NYC Emergency Management (NYCEM), the NYPD, and Figment to review preparations and take questions from the public regarding the

upcoming Figment NYC festival, to be held June 1-2 on Roosevelt Island.

Leading up to the Town Hall, RIOC met at NYCEM headquarters with Commissioner Esposito and representatives of NYPD, NYCEM, FDNY, MTA, DO...

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...

May 10, 2019

Attendees of the May 9 RIOC Board meeting were treated to a shorter meeting than usual, at just over an hour, and some remarks from board member David Kraut who commemorated his 25 years of service.

There might not be a fourth of July event on Roosevelt Island. In her President’s Report, RIOC President Susan Rosenthal explained that since the fireworks this year will be south of the Brooklyn Bridge, there will probably be no visibility from Roosevelt I...

May 10, 2019

Hello. This is Jack McManus from your Public Safety Department (PSD). Some of you may know that I was diagnosed with a serious World Trade Center related illness approximately five months ago. Due to ongoing treatments, side effects from the treatments, and a lot of doctor appointments, I have been forced to make adjustments to my work schedule. Most weeks I am on the Island and in my office on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Recently, my physician informed me t...

April 21, 2019

What will Roosevelt Island be like for Figment NYC this year?  

This glorious event, held in the past on the non-resident Governor's Island, is being held for the first time ever this year on Roosevelt Island. 

In trying to look on the bright side, the only positivity I can find is that maybe... just maybe the Woodstock of Roosevelt Island's 2019 Cherry Blossom Festival happened to serve as a wake-up call to alert RIOC and The Powers That...

The month of March has brought yet another exciting and eclectic art exhibit to the RIVAA (Roosevelt Island Visual Arts Association) gallery on Main Street. Vernissage XVIII opened on Saturday night, showcasing the work of a broad and diverse range of local artists. The gallery space, chock-full of people as well as art pieces, percolated with energy and the enthusiastic admiration of viewers coming out to support art and artists.

For those who attende...

March 8, 2019

Blackwell House

The nine-person board might be four board members down but there was still plenty to get done at last night’s meeting of the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation Board of Directors.

A new owner’s representative firm, Long Island based LiRo Group, was selected to replace Gardner & Theobald, Inc. hired in April 2018 to help manage RIOC’s four-year $90 million capital improvement plan currently underway. RIOC President Susan Rosenthal exp...

February 21, 2019

Things are going to start to get colorful around here come June, and it won’t just be the typical color of summer abloom. Roosevelt Island is the new chosen home for Figment, a dynamic arts festival which emerged out of Burning Man, a yearly week long art festival in the Nevada desert that has been rising in popularity since its inception in the 1980’s.

Figment is the brainchild of David Koren, and began 12 years ago on Governor’s Island. Since that ti...

October 13, 2018

Meredith Monk chose Roosevelt Island for a site-specific performance in 1994 called American Archeology No. 1: Roosevelt Island, which explored the Island’s history and its evolution to a residential community. Through music, dance, and the powerful imagery of Lighthouse Park and the smallpox hospital ruins, Monk evoked the spirit of the Island and she invited Roosevelt Island residents and doctors from Bird S. Coler Hospital and Goldwater Memorial Ho...

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