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 19, 2019

Halloween is a great time for fun... and fundraising.  Next weekend beloved island institutions Island Kids and Main Street Theatre and Dance Alliance (MSTDA) are offering up an extra special night of spooky mischief to raise support for vital programming that benefits Island youth and adults alike.

Nikki Giovanni and Kristi Towey, Executive Directors of Island Kids and Main Street Theater and Dance Alliance (MSTDA), wish their events weren’t conf...

May 14, 2019

Island Kids has launched its new initiative, Moving Forward, a program developed for high schoolers (ages 14-18), and separately, one for young adults (ages 18 - 30) with work readiness, cooking, and songwriting programs. They hope to bridge a programming gap that has an increased focus on younger children and babies, at the expense of teens and young adults, to provide enrichment and programming for this forgotten cohort.

Roosevelt Island suffers a gl...

December 15, 2018

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation spent much of Thursday night's Board of Director's meeting getting their ducks in a row as they close out 2018, including hirings, getting back to work on the Tram elevator, waterproofing all of the floors of Motorgate, and taking down the green fencing on the DEP site. But that doesn't mean there weren't any fireworks. The Board also took the opportunity to tweak RIRA's Public Purpose Fund recommendations, o...

September 29, 2018

Last month, as Island families were wrapping up summer vacations and preparing for a new school year, dozens found an unexpected task added to their back-to-school list: finding afterschool child care.

A quarter of the families who applied to the free Beacon afterschool program at PS/IS 217, operated by the Child Center of NY (CCNY), were waitlisted for this year’s program (including this reporter), leaving parents scrambling to find last-minute altern...

March 10, 2018

Four Island women, Lisa Fernandez, Nikki Leopold, Marie Luarca-Reyes, and Sharon Williams were be honored by Assembly Member Rebecca A. Seawright on March 8, as part of the Fourth Annual Women of Distinction Awards. 

“In March, during Women’s History Month, we have chosen to recognize the women of today who are speaking up, inspiring others and working hard to put our community on a better path,” said Seawright. The Assembly Member is honoring ten...

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