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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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April 28, 2019

New retail tenant Pupculture are bad neighbors! They do not care about us, the residents, and certainly don’t care about our sleep or comfort. They do construction at night. Why cause so much noise in a residential building at 10pm on a Sunday evening?

I don’t even live right above them, but on the third floor. Even with two televisions on, we are still able to hear machine noise that is extremely loud and sounds like a jackhammer. Not only were we una...

April 2, 2019

This morning, a sign appeared on the door at 520 Main Street announcing that the Roosevelt Island Urgent Care, one of six urgent care facilities owned and operated by Kamin Health in New York had closed. Dr. Grimm, longtime Island pediatrician, and Dr. Resnick, our longtime physician are still located at the address and are open for business.

In typical Island fashion – you win some, you lose some – the Roosevelt Island facility opened the same week th...

January 27, 2019

Earlier this month, the Dayspring Church was quietly evicted from their space at 851 Main Street. The Baptist denomination had occupied the small church tucked into a corner on the west side of the Island near the New York City Department of Environmental Protection site and the Octagon building since 1997, first as Redeemed Christian Church of God and then, starting in 2003, as Dayspring Church.

851 Main Street, formerly the Dayspring Church

In October...

December 3, 2018

Can You Do ALL Your Holiday Shopping Right Here On Roosevelt Island and Score Beautiful Gifts? You bet!

George H.W. Bush, Sr., who passed away on Friday November 30, 2018 at the age of 94, once said “We have as a nation a moral obligation to make kinder the face of the nation and gentler the face of the world.”

In many ways creating a kinder and gentler world, which we need now more than ever, begins with the world we create here at home, on Roosev...

November 9, 2018

With any worthwhile project, you ideally start with the goal, then work to achieve it.

If RIOC’s stated goal is to welcome visitors and have people take photos of Roosevelt Island, then the merit of the RI sculpture is unfortunately low, because the goal is not worthy of an investment of $130,000. 

Perhaps a secondary goal is the photos will be posted on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, by persons unknown and unreliable, who, through Random Acts of Soci...

November 2, 2018

Three weeks after signing a lease with hot-pot restaurant Liukoshui, Hudson Related signed a 10-year lease with pet care service pupculture for a 3,792-square foot location at 544 Main Street. In their two-story space, pupculture will provide pet pampering services, daycare, boarding, in-home pet feeding, and unlike their other two locations, a full-blown pet store. They are also working toward getting a veterinarian to be on-site a couple of days a w...

In 2015, after working for years at the Southtown pizzeria then known as Nonno’s, Oscar Molina decided to take a chance. The Guatemala native accepted an offer to take over the restaurant at 455 Main Street, renaming it Piccolo Trattoria. 

Earlier this month, Island teens Bryan Cusick, Nathaniel Gillespie, and Dylan Marfey sat down with Molina and his wife Sulema to discuss the couple’s plans for the restaurant, what they love about Islanders, and thei...

February 15, 2018

Beginning Saturday, February 17, the Saturday Farmer’s Market will move to Good Shepherd Plaza at 541 Main Street. The temporary relocation, to make way for Helix repairs, is expected to last through the spring.

Repairs on the crumbling Helix ramp, which connects Main Street to the Roosevelt Island Bridge and is the sole point of access for cars on the Island, are scheduled to begin February 15. During at least a portion of that time, cars in both dire...

January 22, 2018

Within the large storefront at 544 Main Street, hidden behind opaque curtains used more for insulation than privacy, you’ll find a starkly utilitarian workshop, with tall metal tables, industrial-looking equipment, and a bare concrete floor. On a recent Friday afternoon, it also held about 20 deeply focused high school students, bundled up in layers against the chill, oblivious to everything but their work – in many cases, the robot in front of them. 


January 6, 2018

How long will Islanders have to put up with the outrageous price of produce?

December 1, 2017

With musical apples, edible slime, and 3-D printed s’mores, Sue’s Tech Kitchen isn’t your typical culinary outing with the kids. 

The temporary, interactive exhibit, located in Cornell Tech’s Bridge building on Roosevelt Island, is a kid-friendly celebration of all things geeky. It’s open only through January 1 and then, presumably, will vanish in a puff of liquid nitrogen smoke.

A 3D printers prints a chocolate design for s’mores. It can also print a h...

November 28, 2017

After three years, a full renovation, a string of bad luck, and persistent rumors of its demise, the former Trellis Diner is officially reopening as Nisi on December 4. 

Father-son team, Kaie and Alex Razaghi, offered The WIRE a sneak peek at the renovations and the new menu. The food is modern American with twist of Greek, and is focused on fresh ingredients. According to Alex, the menu will change seasonally. He also expects to add to the menu over t...

November 11, 2017

Back in the day, school PTAs relied on selling candy and wrapping paper to fund enrichment programs. Fast forward to 2017, and our purchasing habits have changed drastically. Most of us now purchase everything online from our mobile phones and laptops. Meanwhile, our schools’ needs have increased.

The ways in which we can support our public schools have also modernized. Thanks to affiliate programs, such as those offered by Amazon and Peapod, you can n...

October 29, 2017

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) is partnering with Hudson Related to bring some fresh holiday cheer to Main Street this year. In a meeting last week, the Board voted 4-2 to approve a three-year $225,000 deal with Neave Décor to decorate Main Street with lights, snowflakes, stars, and reindeer. The display will stretch from as far south as the Tram, and then northward through Westview at 625 Main Street.

RIOC President Susan Rosenthal...

September 29, 2017

Just down the street from BubbleCool, Island families will soon have a new, dedicated space for the popular Music Together program, run by Owen and Bridget Johnston. 

“We are likely finishing up construction this week and moving in somewhere between Saturday and Wednesday,” said Owen of their new space at 507 Main Street. 

When completed, the new space, called The Music & Play Station will host music classes, story times, an indoor play area, and birthd...

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