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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Students in Class 402, spread the love on Valentine’s Day in honor of Respect For All Week

PS/IS 217 was bustling with especially enthusiastic students last month. Not merely due to the fun and engaging learning and growing that typically happens here, but because at the end of February we celebrated Respect for All week! Students from PreK - eighth grade were eager to tackle the Kindness Challenge checklist, and participated in daily activities t...

March 4, 2019

Five Island women, J. Khadijah Abdurahman, Jennilie Brewster, Rossana Ceruzzi, Julia Ferguson, Jovemay Santos will be honored by Assembly Member Rebecca A. Seawright on March 7, as part of the Fifth Annual Women of Distinction Awards. 

"Celebrating Women's History Month is not just about the women that came before us; it is about the women today who are change-makers, influencers, and inspire us to resist and keep up the fight. We are better for t...

December 30, 2018

In mid-December, I was one of several Cookie Collection elves packaging boxes of cookies at Hope Church to deliver to neighbors around the Island. Attached to each box of cookies was an invitation to the Hope Church Christmas service. Baking is extra special when you know the love and good cheer is going to be spread far and wide in your community. And I never knew so much pleasure and joy could be derived from tying bows of twine around pastry boxes.


December 17, 2018

Roosevelt Island just got its own wall. A dark green wall complete with electronic security turnstiles has been erected around the Island’s beloved sledding hill, which is now slated for the construction of the long awaited Building 8, a new residential building being erected by Hudson Related.

On the other side of the wall is the construction site for Southtown building 8

I peered through the turnstiles in the rain this morning, wondering what could wa...

December 10, 2018

It’s a brisk December morning and I am doing something out of character – taking an early morning walk to the dog park. Walking up from the ferry landing with the rising sun splashing onto the eastern bank of the Island and casting geometric shadows from the temporary fencing, I see a blond woman in a beige coat playing catch with a little brown, black and white dog. She tosses a green tennis ball toward the pet who is leaping and running excitedly to...

November 1, 2018

Vadim Malinsky

I am a senior executive at Bloomingdale’s working for corporate communications and technology department. I have lived on the Island for over eight years and consider it my home. I also volunteer for the United States Coast Guard in Auxiliary Flotilla 10-5 Battery Park. I have organized several community events on Roosevelt Island like pilaf Saturdays at the Farmers Market, I ave DJ-ed for the International Dinner at PS/IS 217, as well a...

October 29, 2018

Eneaqua Lewis

I am Eneaqua Lewis, member of local 28 Sheet Metal Workers Union and a resident of Roosevelt Island for 30 years. I have an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice and a B.A. in Public Administration. Currently I serve on the board for the 2-4 River Road tenants association. As a member of the board I do a lot of research on HUD policies to ensure my neighbors and I are treated fairly. Growing up on Roosevelt Island, I attended PS/IS 217 an...

October 27, 2018

Ten Island non-profits went to the podium at Good Shepherd Community Center over the course of two evenings this past week to make their case for why they should be awarded a portion of this year’s Public Purpose Fund (PPF), a $150,000 pot set aside by the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) to support local nonprofits.

According to many of the groups, the PPF grant is essential to their sustainability. The Wildlife Freedom Foundation, a grou...

October 25, 2018

Lynne Strong-Shinozaki, Manhattan Park - PRESIDENT 

  • My name is Lynne Strong-Shinozaki. I am running for President of the Roosevelt Island Residents’ Association and I need your vote on November 6th.

  • I have served on RIRA for over 25 years. I am currently the Vice President.

  • I have chaired the Social, Cultural & Education Committee.

  • I have worked with amazing people and initiated some of our annual community activities including...

October 25, 2018

F. Scott Piro

I joined RIRA with two main goals: to improve pedestrian safety among the Island’s less regulated northern roadways and improve the quality of our Island’s dog parks. Achievements directly related to my efforts include vehicle speed monitoring signs on northern Main Street and East Loop Road, benches and “Rules of the Dog Run” signs installed in both dog parks - and an accelerated timetable for the construction of an all-new dog run insid...

October 25, 2018

Sally Ashe

My name is Sally Ashe. I am a new resident of the Island having moved from the United Kingdom into 465 Main Street recently. I would like to become involved in the Island community. I am a research technician by trade but I was also politically active in the UK. I was chair of our local Liberal Democrat Party and as such stood as Borough Council candidate for the Liberal Democrats in May this year. I was also prospective parliamentary candid...

October 23, 2018

The Main Street WIRE is one of many community sponsors of a panel and arts showcase on Roosevelt Island that is part of the first citywide Reimagine End of Life Festival, the week of exploring big questions about life and death.

Reimagine End of Life is a community-wide exploration of death and celebration of life through creativity and conversation that draws on the arts, spirituality, healthcare, and design to break down taboos and bring divers...

October 13, 2018

The local public school hosted their annual Monster Bash this past Friday. The PTA fundraiser has long been seen by Island children as the unofficial start of Halloween. The event, open to the entire community, offered games, homemade baked goods and other yummy hot and cold, savory and sweet offerings. Activities included pumpkin painting, face painting, a jumpy-house, and music. The event, held in the school courtyard was a community affair with man...

September 30, 2018

We are writing on behalf of many Roosevelt Island families and football/soccer players who would like to know the plan for the future of the Octagon Field and its restoration. When will the work start? How long will it take? Once it is complete, how will the field be maintained and used? Communication has been insufficient to date, and we feel the community deserves more transparency.

We want to make clear to you and to other decision-makers that the p...

September 23, 2018

Last week, we were excited to launch our new electronic newsletter, the WIRE Weekly. If you didn’t receive one, you can subscribe here.

Future newsletters will be emailed every Sunday evening and will always include the biggest stories from the past week, suggestions for what to do next week, and voices of fellow Islanders on topics that matter to them.

As part of our own expansion and growth, we’re excited about our new format. We know you’re busy and...

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