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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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May 10, 2019

Attendees of the May 9 RIOC Board meeting were treated to a shorter meeting than usual, at just over an hour, and some remarks from board member David Kraut who commemorated his 25 years of service.

There might not be a fourth of July event on Roosevelt Island. In her President’s Report, RIOC President Susan Rosenthal explained that since the fireworks this year will be south of the Brooklyn Bridge, there will probably be no visibility from Roosevelt I...

March 8, 2019

Blackwell House

The nine-person board might be four board members down but there was still plenty to get done at last night’s meeting of the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation Board of Directors.

A new owner’s representative firm, Long Island based LiRo Group, was selected to replace Gardner & Theobald, Inc. hired in April 2018 to help manage RIOC’s four-year $90 million capital improvement plan currently underway. RIOC President Susan Rosenthal exp...

January 9, 2019

HEY SUSAN! – I was wondering if the fences that were installed by the Octagon in April (and originally expected to be down by June) are now a permanent fixture?  One of the “curmudgeon bloggers” on the Island spoke with a worker at the end of October who said it would be gone in two weeks, yet here we are almost in December and the eyesore is still there. Additionally, is the fence preventing working from removing the large limbs that cracked during t...

October 20, 2018

RIOC has a lot on their plate this month, including an assessment of the long out-of-commission Motorgate escalators. The agenda for the October meeting was a lengthy 17 items, that included Lighthouse renovation plans and possibly future access to the local landmark, as well as a new playground and dog run. Here is what you missed!


Did you know RIOC was responsible for eight elevators on the Island, a number that includes the two at the...

September 25, 2018

 Photos by Nancy Bredice

It’s so sad to see how the Island is falling apart. These pictures are from the forgotten and neglected northern side of the Island.

February 19, 2017

Between the asylum, penitentiary, multiple hospitals, sprawling apartment complexes, and the soon-to-be-completed Cornell Tech campus, Roosevelt Island has a history of unique architecture. And one of the Island’s more storied structures also happens to be its smallest: the Lighthouse.

Situated at the northernmost tip of the Island, the Blackwell Island Light, as it’s officially known, was built in 1872 and kept in use until 1940. Although the landmark...

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