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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October 8, 2019

Last week, over a year after its abrupt closure last August, the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) re-opened Octagon Field and re-naming it Jack McManus Field in honor of the recently retired Chief of the Island’s Public Safety Department (PSD).

Former chief, Jack McManus, second from left on the field bearing his name, and new chief, Kevin Brown, far right

“We decided to name the field after Jack for two reasons,” explained Susan Rosenthal,...

June 14, 2019

Our community has just experienced the best outcome of representative government.

After the highly successful programming of the Cherry Blossom Festival, and the unanticipated issues of overcrowding and transportation, residents, in true Roosevelt Island tradition, did not sit back and suffer these problems in silence.

The good news, beyond the fact that there were no injuries or police incidents during the Cherry Blossom Festival, is that our conc...

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...

January 9, 2019

HEY SUSAN! – I was wondering if the fences that were installed by the Octagon in April (and originally expected to be down by June) are now a permanent fixture?  One of the “curmudgeon bloggers” on the Island spoke with a worker at the end of October who said it would be gone in two weeks, yet here we are almost in December and the eyesore is still there. Additionally, is the fence preventing working from removing the large limbs that cracked during t...

November 9, 2018

A clearer picture is starting to emerge of the scope and makeup of Roosevelt Island's newest residential building, Southtown building 8, scheduled to break ground next year. 

“There is a lot of stuff we need to finalize by the end of the year,” said David Kramer at Wednesday’s Real Estate Development Advisory Committee meeting. One thing that is settled, however, is that the building will be considered “affordable,” and Islanders, along with all other...

October 22, 2018

Ten Island non-profits will take to the podium at Good Shepherd Community Center over the course of two evenings – tonight starting at 7:00 and Thursday, at 7:30  – to make their case for why they should be awarded a portion of this year’s Public Purpose Fund (PPF), a $150,000 pot set aside by the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) to support local nonprofits.

 President of the Roosevelt Island Historical Society, Judy Berdy making her...

October 13, 2018

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) held a public meeting Wednesday morning to discuss the recent water test results of various Roosevelt Island drinking fountains. According to experts at the meeting, the water fountains at Capobianco Field and Al Lewis Playground have an unsafe amount of a cancer-causing chemical and will remain off until the source of the contaminate can be identified and fixed. However, the sprinklers at Blackwell ha...

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