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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There's no question that 2018 was a challenging year for the Roosevelt Island Marlins. Yet, throughout it all, and with a great deal of support from the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation, our parents, coaches and swimmers continued to work hard and thrive, producing fantastic results.

This season, swim team members qualified for the Junior Olympics, the Eastern Zone Championships, and the Speedo Sectionals. Club records were broken; and all s...

In 2007 Judy Berdy, opened the Visitors Center. She used a kiosk that once marked the entrance to the Trolley Station people took to get over the Queensboro Bridge. Now the Roosevelt Island Historical Society's Visitor's Center welcomes 60,000 visitors a year! Berdy herself first visited the Island in 1966 when she worked in the dental clinic at Goldwater Hospital. She was immediately charmed by the Island and moved here eleven years later....

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 11, 2019

The Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) passed a resolution opposing removal of 11 of the Island’s big, old, shade trees that will make way for a ten-foot fence encircling the Octagon Field. It also opposes the excessive permitting on all of our fields, that they assert comes at the expense of Islanders.

 The ten-foot fence in red will encircle the new field, image courtesy of RIOC

Rossana Ceruzzi, chair of the Island Services Committee,...

March 11, 2019

R&R Concerts, the concert series that has been presenting extraordinary performances of classical music on Roosevelt Island for more than a decade will now be known as Roosevelt Island Concerts. As one of the few New York series presenting both chamber music and orchestral concerts, its rich repertoire draws audiences from Roosevelt Island and throughout New York City.  

 Promo video for October 2018 concert by Xi Wang

The first event presented as...

Students in Class 402, spread the love on Valentine’s Day in honor of Respect For All Week

PS/IS 217 was bustling with especially enthusiastic students last month. Not merely due to the fun and engaging learning and growing that typically happens here, but because at the end of February we celebrated Respect for All week! Students from PreK - eighth grade were eager to tackle the Kindness Challenge checklist, and participated in daily activities t...

March 5, 2019

In 1968, Mayor John Lindsay tasked a 22-member committee with developing ideas for the underutilized, though ideally situated, Welfare Island. At the time, the narrow sliver of land in the East River was home to abandoned institutions and crumbling buildings. Urban renewal projects, and the enthusiastic social activism that guided them, were transforming neighborhoods all around the City, and the island’s close proximity to Midtown made it a prime can...

March 4, 2019

Five Island women, J. Khadijah Abdurahman, Jennilie Brewster, Rossana Ceruzzi, Julia Ferguson, Jovemay Santos will be honored by Assembly Member Rebecca A. Seawright on March 7, as part of the Fifth Annual Women of Distinction Awards. 

"Celebrating Women's History Month is not just about the women that came before us; it is about the women today who are change-makers, influencers, and inspire us to resist and keep up the fight. We are better for t...

February 22, 2019

New resident impacts to the ongoing $2.1 million tram maintenance work now include four days where there will be no tram service at all. Additionally, concerns about safety have mandated expansion of the work area to include the center platform area in both stations; they could be closed as early as this Sunday. As a result, while the south side work is ongoing, the Manhattan side tram elevator will be closed.

Mike McGuckin, operations and maintenance...

In 1982, a small group of Islanders got together to form a board of directors for what later became Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance. Their first productions were held in the Goldwater Hospital auditorium.

Since then, thanks to a key phone call Diana Brill made to old friends, Nancy and Worth Howe, MST&DA has been able to run a children’s theatre, add a dance component, collaborate with many other Island organizations, and have taught and provided...

February 11, 2019

On Saturday January 12, RIOC staff and the designers of the Blackwell Park renovation project met with community members to discuss the use of the open outdoor area adjacent to the Roosevelt Island branch New York Public Library (NYPL).

Larger programmatic ideas for the space were discussed in the meeting.

We are encouraging all members of the community who were not able to participate to use this link to provide their input.

The deadline to participat...

February 11, 2019

Our wonderful new library will soon open in its new home at 504 Main Street in the fall of 2019. RIOC is working on a plan to transform the outdoor space immediately behind it and sent a questionnaire to residents soliciting their opinions, that is due by February 13.

The questionnaire asks if they would like moveable or stationary seating, a quiet or active place, and a few other simple questions. This represents a great and exciting opportunity for R...

February 11, 2019

Looking for a job without a long commute? We understand; the tram work started, it's cold out; and it would be nice to red-bus it to work. Lucky for you, there are a lot of options here on Roosevelt Island.

Starbucks is hiring a for both a barista as well as a shift supervisor. The shift supervisor requires one year of retail or customer service experience. Working for Starbucks has its benefits; healthcare, education and metro cards, along w...

February 9, 2019

The changing nature of the Island came from the changing State administration of this place. The people appointed to run the Island by governors after Governor Mario Cuomo were bureaucrats. Understandably, they looked for a solid legal base for the state to run a local community. There was no such Chapter in the State Code.

Main Street WIRE covers tell of two RIOC Presidents fired, left Jerome Blue, and right Robert Ryan

Especially, there is no legal ba...

February 5, 2019

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) announced on Friday that in addition to Pony Field and Firefighter’s Field, they are reversing their previous mandate not to permit Capobianco Field, and will now be permitting it along with the Island’s other two operating fields.

The community will be able to use the Island’s fields on Fridays, and Saturdays until April 27 when the RIOC soccer program commences. Thereafter, RIOC will have the field Sa...

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