Photo by Jason Martin

Envisioning a New Plan for Southpoint

Written by Kelly Turner. Posted in Volume 36, Issue 19 - August 6, 2016

Is there room for a performance venue in Southpoint Park? Should dogs be given a dedicated area to frolic off-leash in the park? How do we transform the Island’s southern public space from a thoroughfare to Four Freedoms Memorial Park into a destination in its own right – and should we even try?

Senior Center Changes Generate Discontent

Written by Dana Agmon. Posted in Volume 36, Issue 19 - August 6, 2016

Every Wednesday, representatives of Senator José M. Serrano come to the Roosevelt Island Senior Center for office hours. Typically, their stay is uneventful. That wasn’t the case the first Wednesday in July when tens of seniors gathered in front of the Senior Center entrance to protest and voice concerns about the recent change in the center’s management. Eric Rivera, the Senator’s aid, managed the impromptu meeting respectfully and thoughtfully.

Open spaces. Walls. Trees. These are all pretty much off-limits these days for children on Roosevelt Island.

Book Recalls Dinners With Ed Hussey

Written by Sara Metzidakis. Posted in Volume 36, Issue 19 - August 6, 2016

An extraordinary memoir, Dinner with Edward: A Story of an Unexpected Friendship, by New York Post investigative reporter Isabel Vincent, shares the life and wisdom of Edward Hussey, a remarkable man who lived on Roosevelt Island for more than 30 years.

New Shows for a RIVAA Summer

Posted in Volume 36, Issue 19 - August 6, 2016

Summertime is typically a quiet time for art galleries. Yet Gallery RIVAA (Roosevelt Island Visual Arts Association) is busier than ever.

Four Freedoms Spearheading Smallpox Hospital Stabilization

Written by Briana Warsing. Posted in Volume 36, Issue 19 - August 6, 2016

What’s the future for the Smallpox Hospital at Southpoint Park? With the help of consultants Fitzgerald & Halliday, the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) is considering it for a local market, a cafe, or a museum. But the Four Freedoms Conservancy is focused on making sure it doesn’t crumble. The Conservancy has commissioned a structural review.

The RIRA Column

Happy Summer! The “dog days of summer” are upon us, and the Common Council hopes that the summer season has been safe and healthy, full of outdoor fun, family, and memories.

Island Kids Summer Camp Turns Ten

Written by Jim Baehler. Posted in Volume 36, Issue 19 - August 6, 2016

Visitors to our Island cannot help but notice the number of strollers, carriages, buggies and other means of conveying the small children that fill our sidewalks. If nothing else, it is quickly apparent that Roosevelt Island is “family-oriented.” Beyond the visible proof of that impression rests a host of organizations that provide structured activities for children of all ages. Prominent among those organizations is Island Kids, with a wealth of activities for preschool children and after-school programs for older children.

curated by Sara Maher

At some point you just have to acknowledge the weather is terrible and get on with it anyway. These activities will make you get happy in the humidity, smile through the sweat, and beam while you burn.

2016 Fall for Arts Festival

The 2016 Fall for Arts Festival is scheduled for Saturday, September 24th.  RIOC is seeking artists or groups to each paint one of several 6-by-8-foot murals outdoors during the Festival, which will be held from 11 AM – 4 PM on the lawn south of 531 Main St. Please submit sketches in this year’s theme- “Mosaic Vignettes: Scenes of New York City”! The deadline to submit is Friday, September 9th.

Contact Info

The Main Street WIRE
531 Main Street #413
New York, NY 10044
Tel: 212-826-9056