A Call for United Pushback on Loss of Affordable Housing

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).

Senior Association Regrouping After Contract Loss

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.

Editorial: We Are an Island In Transition

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.

Letters - RISA

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.

The RIRA Column

The Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) is a volunteer-run organization whose members are elected by Roosevelt Island residents to improve our community and tackle any and all issues of concern to them.

Letters - Bridge

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.

Community Column: Hope Church

Hope Church Roosevelt Island (Hope RI) launched just over two years ago. Started by a group of Island neighbors, Hope Church’s membership is made up of 35 different ethnicities and includes both Island pioneers and a growing group of young professionals who have moved here over the past three years.

Letters - RIRA

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!

curated by Sara Maher

The heat broke, the warm humidity turned to cool clamminess, and the Pumpkin Spice Latte reared its frothy head – fall is here! Enjoy the city’s two weeks of pleasant weather with festivals, festivals, festivals (and one Halloween event … I couldn’t hold off any longer).

Bridge Malfunction Paralyzes Island

On September 23, the Roosevelt Island Bridge was stuck in the up position, stopping road traffic from 4:51 p.m. until 8:32 p.m. Traffic was backed up all the way to the Tram. Fire trucks waited, unable to respond to a fire in 4 River Road that caused P.S./I.S. 217 to be evacuated.

This bus driver had an 11:00 p.m. flight out of JFK. Numerous residents also had difficulty making their connections.

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