Articles Tagged ‘Island Life’

Amalgamated Wants More Island Business

Speaking enthusiastically of Roosevelt Island, Samantha Berg, Amalgamated Bank’s Executive Vice President in charge of Community Banking says, “We are excited with all the developments on the Island, the Mitchell Lama conversions, the new buildings, Cornell… we see plenty of opportunities. The population of the Island has grown by more than 20% over the past 10 years and is expected to double over the next several.”

"RI East" Proposed for LIC With Bridge to the Island

Politico is reporting that a group of developers want to build hard by the Queensboro Bridge, and include a footbridge to Roosevelt Island. Here's a link to the story. They're not planning to call it "Roosevelt Island East," but there's a clear incentive for construction in the coming of Cornell Tech.

For Islanders, a key question might be about what this might do to rush-hour Tramway traffic.

50 Pre-K Slots Open Up at Day Nursery

Roosevelt Island Day Nursery (RIDN) will be a full-day UPK [Universal Pre-K] provider next year. "Children with a 2012 date of birth are eligible to attend school at RIDN 8:40 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday-Friday, for free, during the 2016-2017 school year,” RIDN Director Pamela Stark said via email on the Roosevelt Island Parents’ Network (RIPN) early Monday morning. Eva Bosbach, RIPN Coordinator, said, “It is fantastic news that Roosevelt Island is getting 50 additional UPK seats, making it a total of 86 UPK seats available to our families starting this September!”

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).

Assault Draws Focus to Pot Use

A woman picked up her son from the Roosevelt Island Day Nursery on January 12 and confronted a man she believed was smoking marijuana outside the playground adjacent to the school.

Blue Dragon to Arrive in April

A special visit to Roosevelt Island in 2014 will result in the installation of a sculpture,Blue Dragon, on the Island in early April of this year.Blue Dragon’s artists, Gustav and Ulla Kraitz, were brought to visit the Island by Islander Elisabeth Halvarsson Stapen in May of 2014. Stapen says of Gustav Kraitz, “He is excited about the Island. It pays that I brought him here.”

Burden Center Takes Over Senior Agency; RISA Soldiers On

After a rocky beginning that included instructor resignations and a protest by several Island seniors, Lisa Fernandez, director of the Island’s Carter Burden senior center, is on a campaign to win over the Island’s seniors. Judging from the center’s growing membership, she may be succeeding.

Campus Apts Will House Medical Staff

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.

Cherry Blossom Fest Expands, Thrives

The fifth annual Cherry Blossom Festival, held Saturday April 30, attracted between 2500 and 3000 attendees at multiple locations, on the plaza at Manhattan Park, Gallery RIVAA, along the promenade, and at Island Wine & Spirits.

Cherry Blossom Festival

Roosevelt Island’s rite of spring, the Annual Cherry Blossom Festival, will be held at a new location, in Manhattan Park, as the community gathers to celebrate the blossoming cherry trees and Japanese culture on Saturday, April 30. The event is organized by the Roosevelt Island Residents Association’s (RIRA) Social, Cultural and Education Committee (SCE).

Comedy Show Scores

For Islanders unlucky enough to have missed the Roosevelt Island’s Only Comedy show on April 22, you have another chance on May 27 and every fourth Friday after that.

Community and City Work to Ensure Clean Air

In December 2001, the Apellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York confirmed the findings of the environmental consulting firm Allee, King, Rosen & Fleming Inc (AKRF) concerning the air quality on Roosevelt Island. Fifteen years later, many Roosevelt Island residents wonder just what effect those billowing power station smokestacks have on the Island’s air quality.

Community Poll Ready to Roll

Beginning January 18, all Island residents will have the opportunity to tell their representatives what they really think about life on the Island.

ConEd to Deliver High-Pressure Gas

They’re ba-ack! Con Edison hopes to start work this Sunday evening connecting gas to our new gas main, representatives from Con Edison (ConEd) informed Islanders in a presentation before the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) Wednesday night. Although they are still awaiting final permission from the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC), that permission seems likely. ConEd was clear that none of this work will impact Island gas service.

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