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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March 18, 2019

Islanders no longer have to head down to Washington Square or Union Square Park to wait for a willing partner to play chess with. Walk into the local Roosevelt Island branch of the New York Public Library (NYPL) on a weekday afternoon or a Saturday and see chess being played by local youth. While chess is undeniably “a thinking person's game” it has become more mainstream and and chess programs are seeing heavy enrollment numbers throughout the City,...

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...

February 28, 2019


I have a few concerns. There was considerable talk that the dog park would be moved to the area just south of 480 Main Street and adjacent to the sprinklers and playground. This area is already congested in the summer with considerable foot, bike, and RIOC vehicle traffic. Has there been a decision where the permanent home will be for the dog park and if 480 is that location, can you please reconsider?

Also, what is the hold up on the new tra...

November 26, 2018

The Roosevelt Island Resident Association's (RIRA) Island Services Committee, chaired by Wildlife Freedom Foundation founder Rossana Ceruzzi shares a preliminary agenda for their November 30 meeting to be held on the 425 Main Street rooftop at 5:30. 

 Southtown Dog Run will be moved for construction of buildings 8 and 9

  1. Octagon Soccer field closure

  2. Youth Services: reinstating the music program for kids and adults

  3. Sportspark: Rate...

May 26, 2018

Last week, during a hearing at New York’s Supreme Court, the Roosevelt Island Marlins board of directors was forced to capitulate on its controversial termination of a family’s membership from the swim club as part of a settlement agreement. The agreement also affirmed a slate of 10 nominees for the upcoming board elections – a group that includes one of the plaintiffs. The board was granted its request stipulating that club parents may communicate wi...

May 25, 2018

To the Editor:

What happened to the amazing Roosevelt Island Marlins?

Before the Sportspark pool was closed last winter, things were different. There were friends, team get-togethers, camaraderie, and recognition for kids of all levels. The Marlins used to operate like a happy family. 

Today the club is focused on competition. Only a handful of the team members are recognized. There are big egos involved, and parents fear saying the wrong thing while si...

October 5, 2017

Shorter hours, rude behavior is RIOC's way of telling swimmers they are no longer welcome. What's happening to Sportspark?

September 22, 2017

A reader explains how small schedule changes at the Island pool are having a big impact on working parents.

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