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June 14, 2019

A shimmering, larger-than-life unicorn, propelled by a human-powered go-cart escorting a mounted human at a soaring height, with its magnificent, moving head and neck steered around Lighthouse Park. Then there were swings; enormous, moveable beach balls, a big frog with an unfurling tongue and joyous rhythmic music that made you want to dance. There was a costume shop, overflowing with silly and colorful hats and outfits free for the taking, with the...

May 31, 2019

Many Islanders and Island organizations heeded the call from Figment NYC, the two-day free participatory arts event being held here this weekend, to submit their art for consideration and will be among the 90 installations lining the Island's west promenade.

Figment celebrates creativity, and appreciates art that encourages participants to play, dance, sing, create, engage, experiment, and explore their environment, perfect for our multi-talented commu...

April 9, 2019

Despite it being a cold and rainy evening (there were heat lamps!), artists and art lovers assembled in Motorgate last Friday evening to celebrate the unveiling of the 2018 Fall for Arts Festival murals. 

A reception in the Atrium with live music from Roosevelt Island band The Jazz Kats added to the fun, as did the light refreshments and a tour of this unique art.

Artists were on hand, including the Island's girl scouts as well as a group from...

April 8, 2019

“I think it is essential that we, as Americans, not take our freedoms for granted,” explains artist Setsuko Winchester about her Freedom from Fear/Yellow Bowl Project. “Part of that process is to examine how we attain them, but also to examine how they can be taken away.” The Yellow Bowl Project will be displayed at FDR Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island’s southern tip from April 12- April 14. Winchester will lead an artist's led talk artist-led t...

The month of March has brought yet another exciting and eclectic art exhibit to the RIVAA (Roosevelt Island Visual Arts Association) gallery on Main Street. Vernissage XVIII opened on Saturday night, showcasing the work of a broad and diverse range of local artists. The gallery space, chock-full of people as well as art pieces, percolated with energy and the enthusiastic admiration of viewers coming out to support art and artists.

For those who attende...

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 21, 2019

Things are going to start to get colorful around here come June, and it won’t just be the typical color of summer abloom. Roosevelt Island is the new chosen home for Figment, a dynamic arts festival which emerged out of Burning Man, a yearly week long art festival in the Nevada desert that has been rising in popularity since its inception in the 1980’s.

Figment is the brainchild of David Koren, and began 12 years ago on Governor’s Island. Since that ti...

February 11, 2019

The RI Jazz Collaborative Band, featuring Lynn Beville, provided live music at the opening, by Alexandre Tolipan

This year’s annual Black History Month Exhibition, running through March 3, is entitled Cultural Preservation. Curated by Lorraine Williams in partnership with the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation and RIVAA (Roosevelt Island Visual Arts Association), the exhibit showcases a diverse range of African and African-American voices and visio...

January 29, 2019

This weekend, Islanders will be treated to Shakespeare comedy, A Midsummer Night's Dream, acted by the local teens in Main Street Theater and Dance Alliance’s (MST&DA) Teen Theater class. Directed by Island resident Joan Marie, with music by Jon Cook, scene design by the Roosevelt Island Visual Artist's Association's Dan Nistor, and Graphic Design by Ana McCasland, the cast is comprised of 15 actors whose ages range from the eighth grade to seniors in...

December 1, 2018

Four Freedoms Park Conservancy announced the winners of their second annual sketch contest, Sketch 4 Freedom last week. The contest, held during the summer, invited artists of all skill levels to visit FDR Four Freedoms State Park and create artwork inspired by the theme, “celebrating public space.”

The first place winner was illustrator, designer, and artist Richard Clements for sketch entitled Serene Space. Clements often uses the City for drawing in...

October 23, 2018

The Main Street WIRE is one of many community sponsors of a panel and arts showcase on Roosevelt Island that is part of the first citywide Reimagine End of Life Festival, the week of exploring big questions about life and death.

Reimagine End of Life is a community-wide exploration of death and celebration of life through creativity and conversation that draws on the arts, spirituality, healthcare, and design to break down taboos and bring divers...

October 13, 2018

Meredith Monk chose Roosevelt Island for a site-specific performance in 1994 called American Archeology No. 1: Roosevelt Island, which explored the Island’s history and its evolution to a residential community. Through music, dance, and the powerful imagery of Lighthouse Park and the smallpox hospital ruins, Monk evoked the spirit of the Island and she invited Roosevelt Island residents and doctors from Bird S. Coler Hospital and Goldwater Memorial Ho...

October 6, 2018

Although it is still listed as one of the “amenities” on the Octagon website, the 10-year old art gallery in the historic landmark insane asylum turned luxury apartment building has quietly disappeared. Local artist and Roosevelt Island Visual Arts Association (RIVAA) member Laura Hussey believes the loss of the gallery negatively impacts the entire community.

A unique pocket of culture nestled in the architecturally inspired eight-sided residenc...

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