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May 31, 2019

When the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) took away the bus stop near the Community Garden last month due to a road construction project, they took the rug out from under some people who relied on it to get to their happy place.

What to some may not be much of an issue, for mobility-challenged Islanders, suddenly having to walk a half mile from the next nearest bus stop at 40 River Road to the garden became an arduous journey. Some garden...

February 11, 2019

Our wonderful new library will soon open in its new home at 504 Main Street in the fall of 2019. RIOC is working on a plan to transform the outdoor space immediately behind it and sent a questionnaire to residents soliciting their opinions, that is due by February 13.

The questionnaire asks if they would like moveable or stationary seating, a quiet or active place, and a few other simple questions. This represents a great and exciting opportunity for R...

September 15, 2018

Do you enjoy all the nature on our beloved island? Are you interested in the amazing local plants and flowers? Well, let us tell you why we are lucky to have some native plants on Roosevelt Island.

Pollinators are essential to our ecosystem. Many pollinators, like beautiful butterflies and lovely ladybugs, can only rely on native plants for food and nectar. Because of this, the butterflies and other pollinators may become endangered on our island and...

June 25, 2018

On a hot Wednesday morning this week, more than 130 Google employees arrived on the grounds of Coler Hospital to help transform a large, scraggly, and long-neglected courtyard, damaged by Hurricane Sandy in 2012, into a peaceful, landscaped retreat for the hospital’s long-term residents. 

The endeavor was part of Citizens Committee for NYC’s (CCNY) Love Your City program, which connects corporate volunteers with local groups actively improving their co...

May 25, 2018

PS/IS 217 is going green. Construction on the school’s green roof is scheduled to begin within the next month. 

“We are delighted to announce  that construction will commence soon and we are looking forward to integrating the green roof into our STEM-enhanced curriculum across all grade levels,” said Principal Mandana Beckman.

The project was the top winner in Council Member Ben Kallos’ Participatory Budgeting competition in 2015, winning a third of all...

December 18, 2017

Many of us spend years trying to make a lasting impact on our community, through volunteer work, activism, and other service. The graduate students in Tapan Parikh’s Remaking the City course at Cornell Tech were given a semester. 

In August, Parikh, an associate professor in information sciences, tasked his class with creating a project that could have a significant impact on Roosevelt Island within three to five years, and could bring together the Isl...

October 29, 2017

Every Saturday morning, four large, empty green bins are rolled to the southern edge of the farmer’s market across from PS/IS 217. Over the next few hours, they slowly fill as passing Islanders drop off the past week’s food scraps – an intoxicating mixture of blackened banana peels, moldy rolls, corn husks, rotting fruit, and more.

The collection is part of an effort by the New York City Compost Project, hosted by Big Reuse, to divert some of the more...

May 27, 2017

For the last eight years, Bonnie Ora Sherk has run the Roosevelt Island Living Library & Think Park Gardens in an L-shaped plot just south of 504 Main Street, the future site of the new public library space. When the program is in session, Sherk says the 150 students she currently serves learn about garden design, create journals, and plant – learning about insects, pollination, and healthy soil along the way.

But it looks as though her garden will soo...

May 1, 2017

Islanders and visitors seeking refuge from city life will soon be able to spend time in the quiet company of tulips and peonies. The Roosevelt Island Garden Club, a community garden nestled between the Octagon Soccer Field and the Pony Field at the north end of the Island, will open its gates to the public on weekends starting May 6. 

This year, the group is also hoping to catch the attention of off-Islanders by printing a brochure inviting visitors to...

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