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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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June 26, 2019

From a long-awaited Blackwell House ribbon cutting to a new comfort station at the Octagon Field, a lot happened at yesterday’s board meeting. The highlight, however, was that three new Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation board members – Southtown’s Conway Ekpo, former Roosevelt Island Residents Association president Jeffrey Escobar, and part-time Islander David Kapell – were confirmed by the State Finance Board late last week and were seated in ti...

May 30, 2019

On Thursday, May 23rd, the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) held a Town Hall with representatives from NYC Emergency Management (NYCEM), the NYPD, and Figment to review preparations and take questions from the public regarding the

upcoming Figment NYC festival, to be held June 1-2 on Roosevelt Island.

Leading up to the Town Hall, RIOC met at NYCEM headquarters with Commissioner Esposito and representatives of NYPD, NYCEM, FDNY, MTA, DO...

April 21, 2019

The Cherry Blossom Festival on April 13, 2019 was a most memorable day for the following


  1. The fantastic performances: everything from the Japanese Cultural Fair at GalleryRIVAA to the Tea Ceremonies at South Point Park, to the performances at FourFreedoms Park. The visitors were dazzled by the performers and we received endless positive feedback. The Cherry Blossom Festival Committee is very grateful to the neighbors, musicians, dancers and...

April 21, 2019

On Saturday, April 13th, the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) presented their annual Cherry Blossom Festival, partnering with the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) and FDR Four Freedoms State Park. While the event was highly successful, with great weather, fabulous entertainment, Japanese culture, and of course the beautiful cherry blossom trees, the island experienced overcrowding in its transportation hubs, at the Tramway, S...

April 20, 2019

Editor's Note: This letter has been updated with a response from RIRA's Cherry Blossom Festival Committee following Williams' letter

I wanted to let you know that last weekend's disaster caused immense distress to me and my family, in particular to some of my elderly and disabled relatives who needed to be dropped to my apartment by car to celebrate my mother's 65th birthday, a private family event.

After being assured that Main Street w...

January 20, 2019

Start planning your commutes! Starting the second week of February, and continuing for at least ten weeks, the Tram will be running only one cabin, due to two scheduled major maintenance projects, the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) announced Thursday. One cabin at a time will be taken out of service, starting with the North cabin.

Susan Rosenthal, RIOC President

According to RIOC President, Susan Rosenthal, these maintenance projects are...

September 22, 2017

The Labor Day transit meltdown that left many Islanders waiting in lines for hours, could and should have been avoided with better planning by RIOC.

June 25, 2017

RIRA's planning committee says it will track the F train's dysfunction.

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