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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April 29, 2019

The Roosevelt Island New York Public Library has added yet another tutoring option to it’s increasingly robust roster of events and services that include a variety of different age and genre focused book discussion groups; but also coloring, calligraphy, history presentations, movie screenings, gardening programs, and tech programming.

Saturdays at the library now feature additional tutoring slots provided by Stuyvesant High School freshman, Anika Amin...

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 28, 2019

Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance's (MST&DA) Director of Teen Theatre, actor/director Joan Marie Cusick, who goes by stage name Joan Marie, not only grew up on Roosevelt Island; her family moved here when she was in preschool, but she has been doing theatre almost as long, thanks to MST&DA where she first studied. Marie is directing the upcoming teen performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream, a play she once starred in, as lead, He...

December 1, 2018

Congratulations to PS/IS 217 middle school students who received 90% or better in allsubjects on their first-trimester grades.

Social Studies teacher Andrew Buttermilch says, "We congratulate the following students for making the 217 HonorRoll!"


Theoentle Boniface 

Isabella Torres

Elizabeth Miranda

Maziko Kandulu

Zhara Thomas

Persya Perez

Neriah Umeh


Virginia Lima

Shah Rahman

Sean Ramirez

Deyan Reza

Ivan Dronjic


Hooriya Aamir

Buraid Ahmad

Ksenia Ibatullina


November 26, 2018

I've just received and read this excellent column which attempts, through RIOC President Susan Rosenthal's responses to questions, to answer Roosevelt Island residents' concerns.  As there is no mechanism within the advisory to comment on the Q&A, I would like to address just one of those queries here.

A neighbor asked why President Rosenthal doesn't live on Roosevelt Island.  In fact, no RIOC President has ever been a resident of the Island, nor is th...

November 18, 2018

For the first time since its inception four years ago, the Pay-it-Forward program will be unable to provide its usual boxes of holiday food to Island neighbors most in need, due to the abrupt closing of its long-time supplier, Family Food Ministries. Lynne Shinozaki, who launched the program back in 2015, said, “It’s really heartbreaking. We’ll try to figure out something to do to save it.”

After learning of the death of an Island neighbor of starvatio...

November 1, 2018

Lydia Tang

My name is Lydia Tang and I am running for the position of Island House Representative to the Roosevelt Island Residents’ Association (RIRA). I am currently the 1st Alternate Representative for Island House.  Some of my contributions have included:

  • the education and experience to help the community

  • strong relationships with many community leaders

I am committed to helping and making a difference. I have:

  • the Community Emerg...

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

Paula Beltrone

My name is Paula Beltrone. I have been living in Manhattan Park for seven years and I am totally in love with our delightful Island. I've been involved in several community projects: three years on the planning committee of the Roosevelt Island Relay For Life, former Board member of the Wildlife Freedom Foundation, and currently on the Pay-It-Forward committee of RIRA.

In the 43 years before retirement I held many different administrativ...

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...

August 28, 2018

Kofi Annan, the first Black African United Nations Secretary General and a 2001 Nobel Peace Prize winner, passed away at 80 years old, the morning of August 18 while hospitalized for a brief illness in Bern, Switzerland.The Ghanaian born world leader was one of ours; he lived in Island House from 1978 until becoming Secretary General in 1997. Roosevelt Island residents offer a unique personal glimpse into the life of an iconic figure described as the...

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