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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November 11, 2017

In the decade since Roosevelt Island’s housing boom ushered in dog-friendly policies, the Island’s dog population has swelled.  Today, signs of the maturing dog community are everywhere, from an annual Halloween dog costume contest to regular visits by mobile vet and grooming services – everywhere, that is, except at the two barebone dog runs that serve as the only off-leash spots where Island dogs can romp.  Citing a lack of fresh water, sufficient...

October 18, 2017

Works of art and public signage are not the same thing. A reader asks why the Island can't have a sculpture that truly reflects what makes us unique – besides our initials.

September 29, 2017

Just down the street from BubbleCool, Island families will soon have a new, dedicated space for the popular Music Together program, run by Owen and Bridget Johnston. 

“We are likely finishing up construction this week and moving in somewhere between Saturday and Wednesday,” said Owen of their new space at 507 Main Street. 

When completed, the new space, called The Music & Play Station will host music classes, story times, an indoor play area, and birthd...

September 29, 2017

The line outside what used to be Coach Scot’s Main Street Sweets was a surprise to Islanders walking to the Fall for Arts activities last Saturday morning. Many had believed construction had stalled, and the bubble tea shop planned for that space was going the way of so many other Island retail shops. 

BubbleCool opened for a “preview” at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, and the first 50 Islanders who waited in line were treated to free bubble tea. On Sunday, they...

September 29, 2017

Philadelphia has it’s LOVE statue, a typographic tribute to “the city of brotherly love.” Chicago has Cloud Gate, a gigantic metal jelly bean reflecting the city around it. And soon, Roosevelt Island may have its own art installation welcoming tourists to the Island. 

But where to put it?

A mockup of our new “welcome sign” – a giant letter R and I, in red helvetica font – was placed by the Tram Tuesday afternoon, first on the sidewalk, then on the mound...

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