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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January 13, 2019

Though we live on an Island far from Washington, D.C., the government shutdown that began on December 22 will have an impact here, jeopardizing housing, food, and transportation on and off the Island. As you know, it began when Democrats in Congress and Trump could not agree on the president's demand for $5 billion in funding to build a wall along the United States-Mexico border.

The United States census from 2010 found that 13.5% of Islanders live bel...

November 16, 2018

One day after the official announcement of Long Island City as the future second headquarters of online retail giant Amazon, Councilmember Ben Kallos participated in a protest at the planned site of HQ2, on Wednesday. Kallos was among a chorus of voices expressing concerns about the impact of Amazon settling across the river from us on four million square feet of space. Many Long Island City community members attending the protest brandished Amazon pr...

February 21, 2018

Starting today – or rather tonight – street parking will be free from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday, according to an announcement from the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation. 

The Island currently offers 225 metered spots along Main Street. Parking in one of them during the day will set you back 50 cents for each 15 minutes, Monday through Saturday. Street parking is free on Sundays.

Fees at the Motorgate garage, whi...

February 16, 2018

The Roosevelt Island Tram is a beautiful symbol of our Island. Riding it to work every day is one of the best parts of my job as president of the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation. Besides the majestic views from almost 300 feet above the East River, the Tram and the Red Bus (which I also ride daily) are a fun way to listen to and observe the diversity of people, ages, gender, languages, and cultures who visit and live here.

More than 1.35 million...

February 8, 2018

Two new stop signs were installed near the fire station on Main Street. As they are quite important areas, with pedestrian traffic that deserves a stop sign, it would be a good idea to formalize the locations with permanent signs on both sides of the road.

February 2, 2018

Commutes for Island drivers are about to get trickier. 

Repairs on the Helix ramp, which connects Main Street to the Roosevelt Island Bridge, are scheduled to begin February 15 and will continue for up to four months. During at least a portion of that time, cars in both directions will have to navigate a single lane of traffic. This means drivers will need to build in extra time to their daily commutes. 

At its January Board meeting, the Roosevelt Islan...

January 22, 2018

A well deserved salute to the three Public Safety officers who, despite the weather, passionately direct traffic, not only during the morning rush, but in the afternoon as well. These few officers should receive a special accommodation for their loyalty and dedication.

December 18, 2017

“I almost got hit there once,” says 10-year-old Izabell Bokestad. “I was standing at the end of the Octagon’s sidewalk, about to cross to the path between the tennis courts and softball field. That’s when I saw a car driving really fast.”

The Octagon resident is describing a sharp turn inside the Octagon’s parking lot – though it may be more accurate to call it Octagon Road. In addition to its two dozen short-term parking spaces, the area is the only v...

December 16, 2017

Want to encourage more Islanders to bike? Give us a safe way off the Island.

December 5, 2017

Why is it so hard for Red Bus drivers to keep passengers informed about subway and Tram outages?

November 11, 2017

In December 2015, world leaders gathered in Paris and adopted the most far-reaching environmental protection agreement in history, pledging to scale back greenhouse emissions in an effort to prevent global temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. 

Although President Donald J. Trump announced soon after his election that the United States would abandon the Paris Climate Agreement, Bill De Blasio has pledged that...

September 22, 2017

The Labor Day transit meltdown that left many Islanders waiting in lines for hours, could and should have been avoided with better planning by RIOC.

September 20, 2017

Friends and neighbors, with the change of the season to fall, your Roosevelt Island Residents Association Common Council has returned in earnest from its summer hiatus. And just as the seasons have changed, so too has life on our ship in the East River.

Transportation Woes

For many Island residents, it is still hard to believe that ferry service to and from Roosevelt Island to Manhattan and Queens is up and running. Be sure to download the NYC Ferry app...

September 20, 2017

On an early Tuesday morning, minutes before daybreak, a small crowd of bleary-eyed Islanders craned their necks to get a better look at the pristine white boat steadily making its way toward the Island’s east side. On the deck, City Council Member Ben Kallos, flanked by a wall of news cameras, waited to welcome the Islanders onto the inaugural voyage of the new Astoria route of the NYC Ferry. 

Marianne Haugaard was one of the first people to reach the...

August 27, 2017

The ferry will never attract commuters so long as they have to pay twice to get to their destinations. The Tram proved that. Matthew Katz offer a lesson in Island transit history.

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