“What you’re seeing here is about nine months away from opening. And when it opens, it’s gonna be great. That’s Andrew Winters, Senior Director of Capital Projects for Cornell Tech, as he led a group through the Island campus last Sunday as part of Open House New York Weekend, a city-wide tour series that showcases new and innovative spaces.
Jeff Escobar may spend his days in the elegant offices of midtown law firm Chadbourne & Parke, but his thoughts seem firmly focused on Roosevelt Island. As president of the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA), Escobar has worked to help turn RIRA from a group he described as “reactionary” to one he sees as proactively engaging with the larger community – both on the Island and off.
Anyone dreaming of running the Roosevelt Island Youth Center, located at 506 Main Street, has until November 4 to put together a proposal.
Urbanism and consumerism collide in a new exhibit by Colombian artist Alexis Duque, opening October 13 at the Paul Calendrillo New York Gallery at 507 Main Street.
The recent mechanical problem with the Roosevelt Island access bridge on Friday, September 23, underscores a very serious problem that has long been ignored by a variety of federal, state and city agencies.
The sidewalk area on the north side of Gristede’s, near the exit door and the entrance to the garage, looks as if it has not been cleaned in years.
You never know who you’re sitting next to.
Islanders need to come together to support neighbors, advocate for greater accessibility, and push back against the dismantling of affordable housing that makes it increasingly difficult for residents with disabilities to call Roosevelt Island home, say the speakers assembled to celebrate the 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
It’s been a tumultuous few months for the Roosevelt Island Senior Association (RISA). Former RISA President Dolores Green stepped down in early June after a 16-year tenure and Barbara Parker was elected president. On June 30, the 37-year-old organization lost its Department for the Aging (DFTA) contract – and the attendant funding – to manage the Island’s Senior Center. On July 1, the Carter Burden Center for the Aging began managing the Senior Center, and RISA became a standalone organization.
At the last RIRA meeting, President Jeff Escobar tasked the incoming Common Council with maintaining what he coined, the “Roosevelt Island way of life.” He defined it as the ability to live equally and respectfully, in our diverse community, a diversity that is as much socio-economic as it is cultural. He also discussed the challenges ahead; the impact of Cornell is an unknown.
The reorganized Roosevelt Island Senior Association Board wants to notify our neighbors that we are planning a party to recognize the former, longtime RISA President, Dolores Green.
Being a member of the RIRA Common Council has been such a fun way to serve this community and make many new friends. So now I’m inviting you to join!
I have been a Southtown representative on RIRA for three years and I have truly enjoyed my experience.
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