PS/IS 217 students braved the cold on Tuesday to send a Valentine’s Day message.

Free Space Available for Islanders

Book clubs, parent groups, and other Islanders looking for a quiet place to meet now have a new option. The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) announced on February 8 that it would offer free community space to Roosevelt Island groups at the Cultural Center, located at 548 Main Street.

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• The fourth annual NYC Neighborhood Library Awards is back. Nominate our library to win $20,000 by March 13, by filling out this form.

Sportspark will reopen no later than March 1, according to RIOC. Scheduled work in the facility is complete, but final approval from the NYC Department of Buildings is still pending.

• The RI Youth Program is currently holding tryouts for two baseball travel teams, ages 10 and under, and 12 and under. Sign up at https://tinyurl.com/go8wdrv. They’re also seeking soccer players aged 13-16 for a spring league. Email Andrey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• RIOC has modified its online ticketing system for reporting Island issues and repairs. Visit rioc.ny.gov and click on the Fix It icon under Community Information.

Assembly Member Seawright is sponsoring an essay contest in honor of Black History Month. The writing prompt is: Whom do you most admire? Tell us about his or her contributions to our country. Essays are due by February 28 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Pre-K applications for NYC schools are due by Friday, February 24. Apply online at nyc.gov/prek.

Letters: Proportionality

It is shocking to me how little “press” and “noise” has been made about the lead levels in certain water fixtures at PS 217, in proportion to how much community outrage (rightfully so) has been aired about the marijuana problem on the Island.

Letters: January 12

I am writing regarding the January 12 incident which culminated in hundreds of emails, as well as a public forum hosted by Public Safety and RIRA.

RIRA: Children, Youth, and Education Committee focuses on the needs of Island youth

At the beginning of its current term, the Roosevelt Island Residents Association Common Council elected to expand its previous Youth Initiative into a new ad hoc committee. The resulting Children, Youth, and Education Committee focuses on the needs of Island children and youth. As our population continues to grow, we are excited to become a voice for our younger and smaller constituents and their families. The Committee is co-chaired by Anne Heskel and Adib Mansour.

Search for Tram Elevator Contractor Will Start Again

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) has scrapped its latest search for a contractor to build two new elevators at the Manhattan Tram station, and will instead send out a new request for proposals in the coming weeks, said RIOC President Susan Rosenthal at a recent RIOC Operations Committee meeting.

Jennifer Young Exhibit

Artist Jennifer Young believes in the power of empathy. In her new gallery show Backstory, Young shows women caught in a vulnerable moment in hopes that the viewer will make an emotional connection.

Campus Apts Will House Medical Staff

At a July 31 Cornell Task Force meeting, Cornell Tech announced that it planned to set aside 66 of the 352 apartments in the Passive House, the campus residential building set to open this summer, for Weill Cornell Medical personnel.

RIRA Approves Anti-Pot Signs

In response to community complaints about the open use of marijuana on the Island, and in the wake of a January 12 assault, the Roosevelt Island Residents Association, known as RIRA, has approved new anti-marijuana signs, which are to be placed around the Island.

Opinion: Should We Expect More?

With the Youth Operator Request for Proposals (RF) process starting over, we now have an opportunity – and a duty – to honestly discuss what we, as a community, want from our Island’s Youth Center.

Letters: Misquoted

In the February 4 issue of The WIRE, I was quoted as saying, “RIOC’s budget is entirely generated from the ground leases.” This is not the quote I provided, nor is it so.

Island Observer: Opportunity Knocks for Seat on the RIOC Board

The Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) is seeking nominees interested in running to fill the expired spots on the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) Board of Directors. How many seats need filling? All of them. Yup, all seven spots! Five seats are awarded by Governor Cuomo, and two are awarded by Mayor de Blasio. All are currently occupied by folks whose appointments have long expired!

curated by Sara Maher

O M G, it is cold, y’all. I am over this. How are we supposed to get through the six additional weeks of misery predicted by our groundhog friend? Why, with games, dancing, music, and coffee, of course!

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