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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

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A large number of Roosevelt Island residents turned out for the 19th Annual Blood

Drive, held on Saturday, June 8, as part of Roosevelt Island Day activities.

The New York Blood Center reported that there were 39 people who made whole blood donations and two other people made Alyx donations, meaning twice as many red cells were donated. This made a total of 43 donations.

As a result, more than 125 lives will be positively affected by our blood...

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...

May 15, 2019

Amanda Sadlier was formally installed as lead pastor of Hope Covenant Church, replacing her husband, Dan Sadlier, at a service on May 5, attended by Howard K. Burgoyne, the superintendent of the East Coast Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church, of which Hope Covenant Church is a member.

Hope Covenant Church, an Evangelical Christian Church, celebrated its fifth anniversary this spring. In the fall of 2018, the founding pastor of Hope, Dan Sadli...

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 7, 2019

New York Junior Tennis & Learning's (NYJTL) spring season has begun outside at the Octagon Park tennis courts. NYJTL is the largest grassroots tennis and education nonprofit in the U.S., serving 85,000 kids in all five boroughs annually. 

The hours are 3:00 - 6:00 pm for those aged seven through 18, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Pee-wees, five and six-year olds, as well as seven-year old beginners, may attend from 3:3...

April 29, 2019

This Friday another exciting production opens at Main Street Theater and Dance Alliance (MSTDA):  The Theory of Relativity, presented by the teen acting class and directed by longtime MSTDA director Jacqueline Cusick.  The “song cycle” is chock full of songs, scenes and monologues that celebrate our unique, wonderful, and surprisingly interconnected lives. The three performances, are this upcoming Friday and Saturday at 8pm, as well as Sunday at 7pm....

April 9, 2019

Our friend and neighbor Ursula Beau-Seigneur passed away March 27, 2019.  A Memorial Service celebrating her life will take place on April 24 at the Cabrini Chapel at 504 Main Street at 6:00PM.

Ursula was active in the Roosevelt Island Historical Society for many years.  She was a writer and editor of our book, Images of America: Roosevelt Island in 2003 and the author of the text for its maps of the Island.

Quietly, Ursul...

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....

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...

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...

January 21, 2019

Local scientist and mom Megan Dow has published her first children’s book, a delightful tale of adventure for early readers called Miss Curiosity Saves the Cat. An Island resident of over four years, Ms. Dow is originally from Colorado. She is a scientist working in the field of immunology.

Island author and scientist, Megan Dow, holds up her recently published first book

Recently Ms. Dow made lemonade from lemons while undergoing a long difficult knee...

January 14, 2019

Three casts comprising a total of 49 children from Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance (MSTDA) Musical Theater Class will produce the iconic Disney classic, Beauty and the Beast Jr., later this year. If you hear children out and about humming and singing lines from songs like Human Again and Be Our Guest, you’ll know why!

 Kristi Towey (center) is the executive director at MSTDA

But that’s not all to look forward to from longtime Island stalwart MSTDA....

January 14, 2019

On Tuesday January 8, the 114th Precinct posted a photo on their Facebook page of a gun, bullets, bags of marijuana and cash. These items were the fruits of a search executed that day at 540 Main Street and 625 Main Street. The gun is now believed, pending ballistics testing, by the New York Police Department (NYPD) to be the one used by Farris Koroma this summer when he took aim at a luxury building across the river at One East River Place....

January 13, 2019

Free tutoring in Math on Saturday afternoons is the latest offering to the ever-growing, and diverse community of Island avid library users. Our New York Public Library (NYPL) offers a rich, variety of programming for all ages and interests, including early literacy programming, chess clubs for a variety of ages and levels, knitting, STEM activities, historical lectures, book clubs, movies, computer and tech assistance, and more.

A freshman at Hunter C...

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