The RIRA Column
October 24, 2015
Many thanks to the families, friends, and neighbors who came out for the annual Fall for Arts Festival on October 10. Not only did the Festival give some of our Islanders an opportunity to roll up their sleeves and express themselves, but it has left us with a number of wonderful murals that now adorn the south lawns by Blackwell House. If you have not had a chance to come by and enjoy the artistic gifts of your neighbors, be sure to do so!
A very big thanks also goes to iDig2Learn, the Roosevelt Island Youth Program, PS/IS 217 PTA, Roosevelt Island Parents’ Network, Roosevelt Island Garden Club, Roosevelt Island Historical Society, and Roosevelt Island Girl Scouts (troop 3001 sponsored by Manhattan Park and troops 3244 and 3245 sponsored by RI Beacon Youth Program) for their successful hosting of phase two of the Monarch Butterfly Corridor Project at Lighthouse Park on October 17. From the popular archaeological dig box to story time, face painting, butterfly-themed art, and, of course, planting milkweed for the monarch butterflies, family fun was had by all as Islanders learned more about monarch butterflies, what people can do to help them, and how Roosevelt Island can play a key part in restoring the butterflies’ habitat and their flight migrations south to warmer weather every fall.
Public Purpose Funds
As previously reported, due to staff illness, the New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC) had to postpone its presentation to the Common Council, the Community Board 8 Roosevelt Island Committee, and Island residents regarding the planned Citywide Ferry Service. The presentation, which was originally scheduled for the RIRA Common Council’s October meeting, is now scheduled for 7:30 p.m. before the November 4 Common Council meeting, in the Good Shepherd Center. If you are able, plan on attending and learning more about the announced planned expansion of the City’s ferry system, including the EDC’s five proposed routes connecting 21 locations in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens – with a ferry stop on Roosevelt Island – to be rolled out in two phases beginning in 2017.
Common Council Seats
To all the ghouls and ghosts, the RIRA Common Council wishes you a very safe and happy Halloween. See you all at this year’s Roosevelt Island Halloween Parade on October 31.