Halloween Fundraisers: Don a Costume for a Cause

Local Parents Band Together to Protest New Dog Park Site

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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October 8, 2019

Last Saturday, October 5 saw the Roosevelt Island’s first ever Main Street block party sponsored by Hudson Related, the master lease holder of 90,000 square feet of retail across 25 stores on Roosevelt Island’s Main Street. 

The block party highlighted local businesses by bringing them outside offering food, art, festivities and fun. Each shop opened their doors to showcase their business through one-day only experiences. 

It raised public awareness abo...

April 7, 2019

When I was in high school in Brooklyn back in the 1980’s, I remember a joke told by a classmate: How can you tell the difference between New Yorkers and tourists? Answer: The tourists are all looking up at the skyscrapers, and the New Yorkers are all looking down at the dog poop.

Had I been growing up on Roosevelt Island, that joke would not have been so relevant, since, until about ten years ago, Roosevelt Island had a bylaw forbidding dogs from eve...

April 2, 2019

This morning, a sign appeared on the door at 520 Main Street announcing that the Roosevelt Island Urgent Care, one of six urgent care facilities owned and operated by Kamin Health in New York had closed. Dr. Grimm, longtime Island pediatrician, and Dr. Resnick, our longtime physician are still located at the address and are open for business.

In typical Island fashion – you win some, you lose some – the Roosevelt Island facility opened the same week th...

March 12, 2019

Starting in the fall of 2019, yoga loving Islanders will be able to practice downward dog on Main Street. Longtime Manhattan Park resident Jax Schott is opening a yoga and fitness studio, Island OM, at 521 Main Street, next to the RIVAA Gallery. The long time yogini signed a 10-year lease for the 1,925 space. She has taught all over the Island, including at Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance, Four Freedoms Park, and Manhattan Park, not to mention ot...

January 27, 2019

Earlier this month, the Dayspring Church was quietly evicted from their space at 851 Main Street. The Baptist denomination had occupied the small church tucked into a corner on the west side of the Island near the New York City Department of Environmental Protection site and the Octagon building since 1997, first as Redeemed Christian Church of God and then, starting in 2003, as Dayspring Church.

851 Main Street, formerly the Dayspring Church

In October...

January 24, 2019

Hudson Related has announced that juice, smoothies and tea will be coming to Southtown in the spring of 2019. Jupioca, a chain with eight other locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn signed a 10-year, 700-square foot lease at 455 Main Street, in the space that previously housed the Swan Nail Salon. On the menu at Jupioca are juices, tea, superfood green smoothies, protein shakes and acai bowls, inspired by high-quality, fresh and nutritious natural ingre...

November 9, 2018

A clearer picture is starting to emerge of the scope and makeup of Roosevelt Island's newest residential building, Southtown building 8, scheduled to break ground next year. 

“There is a lot of stuff we need to finalize by the end of the year,” said David Kramer at Wednesday’s Real Estate Development Advisory Committee meeting. One thing that is settled, however, is that the building will be considered “affordable,” and Islanders, along with all other...

November 9, 2018

With any worthwhile project, you ideally start with the goal, then work to achieve it.

If RIOC’s stated goal is to welcome visitors and have people take photos of Roosevelt Island, then the merit of the RI sculpture is unfortunately low, because the goal is not worthy of an investment of $130,000. 

Perhaps a secondary goal is the photos will be posted on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, by persons unknown and unreliable, who, through Random Acts of Soci...

November 2, 2018

Three weeks after signing a lease with hot-pot restaurant Liukoshui, Hudson Related signed a 10-year lease with pet care service pupculture for a 3,792-square foot location at 544 Main Street. In their two-story space, pupculture will provide pet pampering services, daycare, boarding, in-home pet feeding, and unlike their other two locations, a full-blown pet store. They are also working toward getting a veterinarian to be on-site a couple of days a w...

October 12, 2018

Hot-pot restaurant, Liukoshui, is scheduled to open by the end of the year at 568 Main Street, joining other eat-in dining spots, Nisi, Fuji East, China One, and Piccolo Trattoria, announced representatives from Hudson Related this week. Patrons will be able to enjoy the increasingly-popular hot pot experience, where guests prepare food in boiling broth at their tables. Basic components to a hot pot meal ar broth, and dipping ingredients that include...

March 9, 2018

Roosevelt Island is getting its welcome sign – at least for now. 

In a unanimous decision, members of the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation’s Real Estate Development Advisory Committee voted last week to complete fabrication of the controversial sculpture – which consists of large, bright red letterforms – and to place it at the Island’s Tramway plaza for a three-month trial. 

The remaining fabrication and installation costs are expected to be $15,...

February 18, 2018

Two Islanders offer differing views of whether the proposed welcome sign in the right thing to do.

December 16, 2017

If things go according to plan, visitors to the Island’s southern dog run will soon enjoy a new view – and some much needed shade. The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation and real estate developer Hudson Related have agreed to temporarily relocate to Blackwell Park to make way for the impending construction of two new residential towers.

The south dog run was originally scheduled to remain in its current location when construction begins on Riverwal...

December 5, 2017

After receiving mixed public reaction to the proposed installation of large, red R and I letters on the lawn in front of the Tramway plaza, an advisory committee of the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) postponed its decision regarding the design and placement of the sculpture, and will, instead, try to gather views from residents on the matter. 

At the November 9 meeting of the Real Estate Development Advisory Committee, members argued the...

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...

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