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Local Parents Band Together to Protest New Dog Park Site

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Octagon Field Renamed McManus, Tensions Remain

Islanders Enjoy Fall for the Arts Festival

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May 25, 2018

During the past decade, road running on Roosevelt Island has become increasingly popular due to the Island’s flat, fast race course and the scenic views along the East River seawalls. 

But recent residents’ complaints about the parking restrictions, noise, and traffic, caused by the 5K and 10K events has led us to review our race permit policy. After meeting with a delegation of Southtown and Roosevelt Island Residents’ Association members this week –...

March 28, 2018

Imagine having electric charging stations in Motorgate that use the power of the tide to charge cars. Or a superstorm that renders all of New York City dark, except for our own brightly lit sliver of land between Manhattan and Queens, because, instead of fossil fuels, our power is generated by the ever-flowing East River. 

This is the future Trey Taylor, co-founder of Verdant Power, envisions. He’s hoping Island residents will help make it a reality.


February 2, 2018

Commutes for Island drivers are about to get trickier. 

Repairs on the Helix ramp, which connects Main Street to the Roosevelt Island Bridge, are scheduled to begin February 15 and will continue for up to four months. During at least a portion of that time, cars in both directions will have to navigate a single lane of traffic. This means drivers will need to build in extra time to their daily commutes. 

At its January Board meeting, the Roosevelt Islan...

December 20, 2017

For those of you who couldn’t make the 5:30 p.m. Board meeting of the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (because, um, jobs), here’s what you need to know:

1. The Tram: Good news...mostly

As of Monday, both Tram cars are running! That’s a huge relief for Islanders who have seen hour-long lines at times while RIOC repaired and waterproofed the platforms on both sides. However, the repairs aren’t entirely done. The Tram will need to be reduced to one...

December 16, 2017

Want to encourage more Islanders to bike? Give us a safe way off the Island.

December 16, 2017

There is help on the way for Islanders whose phones regularly drop calls in the Westview arcade, the Good Shepherd Church plaza, the bowels of the Cultural Center, and elsewhere. At next Tuesday’s Board meeting for the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC), members will vote on a proposal to increase cellular service on the Island by laying down fiber lines to new, small cell towers attached to lamp posts along Main Street. 

The goal is higher...

December 5, 2017

One of the Island's few public restrooms is unfit for the public.

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 5, 2017

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) has completed negotiation with a contractor for the long awaited renovation of the Tram elevator on the Manhattan side, said RIOC President Susan Rosenthal at a Community Board 8 meeting held at Good Shepherd Community Center Wednesday evening.

 Proposed design for replacement elevators. 

“The entire footprint will change. It’s going to be beautiful, very dramatic, and it will be a statement on Seco...

October 1, 2017

Islanders who have been flooding the subway and ferry to avoid the Tram’s long lines and wait times can breathe a small sigh of relief. According to Mike Russo, engineering consultant for the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC), the Tramway platform replacement project, which was originally scheduled to wrap up by the end of winter, will be complete by the end of the year (yes, this year). 

In a RIOC Operations Committee meeting held Tuesday,...

September 20, 2017

If the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) gets its way, Roosevelt Island will receive over $23.9 million from New York State this coming year to help with long overdue capital expenses. 

 The money is the result of a 2013 agreement between RIOC and the State in exchange for handing over the land that the Loop Road, which rings Cornell’s development, sits on. The deal, outlined in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), stated that the State wou...

August 26, 2017

The Island’s playgrounds are scheduled to receive some much needed attention.

According to Mary Cunneen, director of parks and recreation for the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC), three play spaces on the Island are slated to receive new flooring in the coming months, and all of our public playgrounds are being evaluated for necessary repairs and maintenance.

Cunneen says it’s just the first step in a larger initiative to update – and possi...

July 29, 2017

Construction at the NYC Department of Environmental Protection site, located just north of the  Octagon soccer field, is under way and is proceeding on schedule, according to Mike Russo, Engineering Consultant for the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC).

The DEP is working on City Water Tunnel 3, which runs under the Island. The project began in 1970 and, when complete, will serve as a backup system to allow the City to inspect and repair Cit...

June 24, 2017

RIRA's Island Services Committee offers and update on issues they are working on.

June 24, 2017

On June 10, a memorial for Virginia Granato, beloved community activist, and co-founder of the Roosevelt Island Disabled Association (RIDA), was held at the Chapel of the Good Shepherd. 

But, when the service was over, eight wheelchair-bound attendees, who had come to honor their friend, found they were unable to leave; the single elevator servicing the chapel had stopped working. RIDA Vice President Nancy Brown said, “The repairman had just left, he h...

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