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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 30, 2019

Itching to get off the Island, but not looking forward to taking a hot, sticky subway ride just to stand on line with tourists? We are with you.

Whether you’re looking to soak up some history, spend some time on the water, or have some family fun, the Brooklyn Navy Yard has much to offer—and most of it won’t cost you anything. The NYC Ferry ride from Roosevelt Island to the Brooklyn Navy Yard, launched on May 20, takes a half an hour and makes for a fu...

May 7, 2019

In a meeting last week, Community Board 8’s transportation committee passed a resolution that would extend our ferry service to the Upper East Side’s 90th street ferry stop. And that’s not the first expansion to our line – debuting May 20, the Astoria Ferry line will add a stop at the Brooklyn Navy Yard making the Island even more accessible to Manhattan and Brooklyn.

The Durst Organization, which recently opened the first of seven residential towers i...

January 20, 2019

Start planning your commutes! Starting the second week of February, and continuing for at least ten weeks, the Tram will be running only one cabin, due to two scheduled major maintenance projects, the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) announced Thursday. One cabin at a time will be taken out of service, starting with the North cabin.

Susan Rosenthal, RIOC President

According to RIOC President, Susan Rosenthal, these maintenance projects are...

November 16, 2018

One day after the official announcement of Long Island City as the future second headquarters of online retail giant Amazon, Councilmember Ben Kallos participated in a protest at the planned site of HQ2, on Wednesday. Kallos was among a chorus of voices expressing concerns about the impact of Amazon settling across the river from us on four million square feet of space. Many Long Island City community members attending the protest brandished Amazon pr...

August 16, 2018

Traveling via ferry is to experience New York City in all its glory. We get to observe from a distance, see the relationships of neighborhoods and boroughs to each other. We get to see that we are islands and shorelines connected by bridges, we are seagulls and barges and marshlands and old gantries and fishing piers. While we are a throbbing metropolis, we can also be stripped down to something more basic, more elemental, to something as natural and...

September 22, 2017

The Labor Day transit meltdown that left many Islanders waiting in lines for hours, could and should have been avoided with better planning by RIOC.

September 20, 2017

On an early Tuesday morning, minutes before daybreak, a small crowd of bleary-eyed Islanders craned their necks to get a better look at the pristine white boat steadily making its way toward the Island’s east side. On the deck, City Council Member Ben Kallos, flanked by a wall of news cameras, waited to welcome the Islanders onto the inaugural voyage of the new Astoria route of the NYC Ferry. 

Marianne Haugaard was one of the first people to reach the...

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...

August 27, 2017

The ferry will never attract commuters so long as they have to pay twice to get to their destinations. The Tram proved that. Matthew Katz offer a lesson in Island transit history.

June 26, 2017

Construction has started on the Island’s new ferry terminal. 

On Monday, crews began breaking up concrete and preparing the land at the oil dock on the east side of the Island under the Ed Koch 59th Street Bridge. The new Astoria ferry route, which will serve Roosevelt Island, as well as Long Island City and Manhattan, is scheduled to begin service in August. 

When completed, the ferry terminal will be the latest piece of a growing transportation hub on...

April 9, 2017

Citywide ferry service to Roosevelt Island is on track for an August launch date, according to Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation President Susan Rosenthal. 

While no work has yet started on the construction of the Island’s ferry dock, other pieces of the expanded ferry service are already well underway. The Queens Courier recently reported that the Astoria ferry landing at Hallet’s Cove is on track to be complete in time for summer service, and th...

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