PS/IS 217 students braved the cold on Tuesday to send a Valentine’s Day message.
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.
At a January 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 is hosting an election, scheduled for April, to create a list of Island nominees to be considered by Governor Cuomo, and by Mayor de Blasio who is tasked with suggesting two appointments to the governor.
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.
• 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.
• 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.
• Pre-K applications for NYC schools are due by Friday, February 24. Apply online at nyc.gov/prek.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Happy 2017! I hope you all enjoyed the holidays and that you have been staying safe and warm during the recent snow storms.
Between the asylum, penitentiary, multiple hospitals, sprawling apartment complexes, and the soon-to-be-completed Cornell Tech campus, Roosevelt Island has a history of unique architecture. And one of the Island’s more storied structures also happens to be its smallest: the Lighthouse.
The Museum of the Moving Image, a popular Islander attraction located in nearby Astoria, has chosen to close a controversial public art installation after a number of violent incidents and threats.
Indivisible Roosevelt Island (IRI) is a newly formed Island organization that is part of a nationwide network to resist the Trump agenda.
The Roosevelt Island Visual Art Association, known as RIVAA, is currently hosting two shows that explore the world through the eyes of an outsider – one looking at the connections and relationships in life and the other at the isolation one can feel.
At a packed board meeting Thursday, the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) voted to give the Roosevelt Island Youth Program (RIYP) $100,000 in funds for the next six-month period.