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Main Street Block Party a Fall Hit

Octagon Field Renamed McManus, Tensions Remain

Islanders Enjoy Fall for the Arts Festival

RIOC and RIRA Meet on Back to Back Evenings Last Week

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January 13, 2019

Though we live on an Island far from Washington, D.C., the government shutdown that began on December 22 will have an impact here, jeopardizing housing, food, and transportation on and off the Island. As you know, it began when Democrats in Congress and Trump could not agree on the president's demand for $5 billion in funding to build a wall along the United States-Mexico border.

The United States census from 2010 found that 13.5% of Islanders live bel...

November 1, 2018

𝗛𝗘𝗬 𝗦𝗨𝗦𝗔𝗡! Is it possible to improve the aim of the Firefighter Field lights located near the old steam plant, facing north? The lights are aimed high and are sending glaring light into my apartment at 455 Main Street. I am sure other residents must be experiencing the same issue. 

𝗦𝗨𝗦𝗔𝗡: As you may know, the Roosevelt Island Youth Fall Soccer League has relocated to Firefighter’s and Capobianco fields this season as the previously-...

April 28, 2018

​​The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) and the Rivercross Tenants Corporation (RTC) have at last come to an agreement on the Rivercross building ground lease. 

The two parties had been in arbitration for nearly four years following the building’s decision to leave New York State’s Mitchell-Lama program without an approved affordability plan – a move that invalidated the building’s previous ground lease agreement with RIOC. 

As part of the n...

March 26, 2018

Over the past few years, the electric bills coming from Manhattan Park management have become truly out of control. Tenants with one-bedroom apartments are being billed over $600 for one month of electricity. We need to work together to make out voices heard.

September 20, 2017

A letter to the commissioner of the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal warns that delayed negotiations on Westview's exit from Mitchell-Lama threaten affordable housing on the Island.

September 20, 2017

Despite complaints about being rushed, the RIOC Board voted to sequester all of the new affordable housing in the two remaining South Town developments into a single building. But haven't we already tried that experiment?

September 20, 2017

Last Thursday, the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) Board of Directors voted in favor of a plan that would amend Southtown’s ground lease for two new residential towers, Buildings 8 and 9, despite expressed misgivings. The amendment will enable one building, Building 8, to contain only affordable units. Building 9 will be all market-rate units. 

After the vote, RIOC Board member David Kraut called the amendment “the best shot at any kind o...

August 27, 2017

A Westview resident says tenants have been left in the dark about the building's privatization process. In that silence, rumors and fear circulate. Is there any end in sight?

February 19, 2017

At a July 31 Cornell Task Force meeting, Cornell Tech announced that it planned to set aside 66 of the 352 apartments in the Passive House, the campus residential building set to open this summer, for Weill Cornell Medical personnel.

But according to Jeffrey Escobar, president of the Roosevelt Island Residents Association, the plan violates the terms of Cornell Tech’s lease and sets a bad precedent for the future. 

“When Cornell went through the ULURP [...

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