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After a summer hiatus, both the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation, and the Roosevelt Island Residents Association held their first meetings last week. RIOC’s was rife with updates on the tram elevator, coming, Blackwell House, opening soon, and the soccer field, scheduled to open later this month.

RIOC welcomed familiar face, Gretchen Robinson, back to RIOC as General Counel and Vice President, a role most recently held by Jacqueline Flug. Robinso...

September 2, 2019

Happy Labor Day, Roosevelt Island! It’s been another summer of change on Roosevelt Island, and at The WIRE

You didn’t hear much from us this summer because it’s been a tumultuous summer for me personally, culiminating with my family’s very Roosevelt Island international move off Roosevelt Island. My husband, three children and I are moving to London for a few years.

The WIRE will still be around and we are in the process of building our new team. 

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Re-Introducing RIOC is a new way for RIOC to inform residents and stakeholders about the many new people who have come to work on the island in the past several years.

In a recent interview, Kevin Brown, the Acting Director of the Public Safety Department (PSD), took some time to answer a few questions about his life and his career.

Erica Spencer-EL: You were working with Jack (Former PSD Chief Jack McManus) for almost three years and most people in the...

June 28, 2019

Public Safety Chief Jack McManus, who has served as Chief of the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation’s (RIOC) Public Safety Department (PSD) since June of 2013, will officially retire on June 30. His deputy, Kevin Brown, will serve as Acting Chief until a permanent replacement is announced. 

The first lovefest between outgoing Chief Jack McManus and the Island community took place last Tuesday, after the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation Board...

June 28, 2019

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) has issued a formal Call for Artists to create a memorial for Nellie Bly, the ground-breaking journalist who exposed the horrors of the Blackwell Island Insane Asylum in 1887 her on Roosevelt Island. The proposed memorial is part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s ongoing initiative to bring attention to the many contributions that women have made to New York State’s history.

While working as an investigativ...

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...

June 21, 2019

The New York State Senate has confirmed Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s appointments of David Kapell, Conway Ekpo and Jeffrey Escobar to fill three vacancies on the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation’s (RIOC) Board of Directors.

“I am delighted that Governor Cuomo has named three highly qualified candidates to our board,” said Susan Rosenthal, President and CEO of the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation. “I enjoyed working with Mr. Escobar when he wa...

June 7, 2019

Phase I of the Motorgate Improvement Project will be starting this week. The scope of work taking place includes:

  • Repair concrete surfaces to remove cracked, spalled, and delaminated concrete. 

  • Install slip resistant topping coating as needed.

  • Replace the existing expansion joint material.

  • Repair & upgrade the existing drainage system.

  • Apply a waterproofing system on the parking deck, ramps, walkways, and curbs.

  • Re-stripe t...

May 31, 2019

When the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) took away the bus stop near the Community Garden last month due to a road construction project, they took the rug out from under some people who relied on it to get to their happy place.

What to some may not be much of an issue, for mobility-challenged Islanders, suddenly having to walk a half mile from the next nearest bus stop at 40 River Road to the garden became an arduous journey. Some garden...

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...

May 24, 2019

A Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation Town Meeting was held yesterday to discuss safety and preparations for Figment NYC, the participatory arts event that will be held on June 1 and June 2 at various locations on Roosevelt Island. Residents, who lined the chapel’s center aisle with questions after presentations from RIOC’s Susan Rosenthal and Mary Cuneen and the Public Safety Department’s Chief Jack McManus and Deputy Kevin Brown, mostly offered n...

May 14, 2019

After this year’s Cherry Blossom Festival brought tens of thousands of visitors to the Island – some estimates have the number at as much as 50,000 – the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) announced that they are joining forces with other city and state agencies to formulate a plan for the participatory arts festival FIGMENT, scheduled for June 1 and 2 at Lighthouse Park. RIOC President Susan Rosenthal is calling their plan a “test case” fo...

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...

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...

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