Maloney Has Challenger in Tuesday's Primary

The Democratic party is holding its federal office primary on Tuesday, June 28. Incumbent Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney is seeking to retain the seat she has held since 1992, representing District 12, which includes Roosevelt Island. She is being challenged by businessman Peter Lindner.

Senior Center Changes Become an Exercise in Patience

Written by Dana Agmon. Posted in Web Extras

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 on July 6 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.

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.

In November, Limited Tram Service

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RIOC has announced a cutback in Tramway service November 7 and for the balance of November, so that inspections and maintenance can be done, including replacement of the floors in both cabins. During this time, the Tram will operate with one cabin and there will be Red Bus service to Manhattan Monday-Friday 10am-8:30pm.

Last Day for Main Street Sweets

Scot Bobo was in the process of packaging ice cream this morning -- part of the process of closing up Main Street Sweets after four years of an effort to provide Roosevelt Island with an ice cream parlor.

Blue Dragon Unveiled

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The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation held a formal unveiling Tuesday, April 27, for the new Blue Dragon sculpture at Southpoint Park.

Cornell Tech Reports Progress to Advisory Group

Written by richard lutz.

In a little over a month, Islanders may be able to view the progress of construction at the Cornell Tech site via a webcam. The camera, providing a 24/7 view of the campus as the build-out continues, was announced at an April 26 meeting of the Cornell & Community Construction Task Force.

How we Voted

Trump 16
Cruz 20
Kasich 38

Clinton 735
Sanders 485

1296 Islander votes counted from Manhattan Park and south. This count does not include the Octagon.

Women & Non-Traditional Employment

High Tech Cornell On A Blue Collar Mission

With a recruitment event at the RIVAA Gallery, 527 Main Street, this week, Cornell Tech throws its considerable influence in support of non-traditional employment for women.

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Editorial: Why Does It Take So Long?

It “Ain’t That Pretty At All”

Twelve of us gathered very early one morning in the office of an executive with New York’s Office of General Services, high above what looked like a miniature city from thirty floors up in the Corning Tower. The Hudson River and hills rolling off into Rensselaer County filled the distance behind him.

Dog Stolen On Roosevelt Island

​Last night around 10:35 PM, Oksana Gutsal was out walking her dogs near the meditation bleachers when she lost sight of her miniature Dachsund, Max. At the same time eye witnesses say they saw an Asian/Indian woman and man in their twenties load the dog into a black SUV and drive off.

The owner is asking anyone with information about the vehicle or the incident to contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. There's a reward of $300 for information leading to Max's safe recovery.

Amalgamated Bank Collecting Toys

Amalgamated Bank has set its 2015 Holiday Toy Drive in motion.  Bryan Trevino, the bank’s Senior VP of Retail Channels, says that last year was one of the bank’s most successful toy drives ever.

RIRA Plan for Public Purpose Funds

Nine Roosevelt Island organizations will share in $100,000 of Public Purpose money, if the Board of the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) accepts the recommendations voted on Wednesday night (November 11) by the Common Council of the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA).

NYC Marathon Finishers List

Here's a list of Roosevelt Islanders who completed the NYC Marathon.  Were you among them?  Have photos?  Send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for inclusion in this week's WIRE.


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