The widely admired Roosevelt Island cat sanctuary in Southpoint Park is endangered. Known for its loving, unpaid animal care, it’s in trouble because its landlord, RIOC, suddenly wants money. After fifteen years of mutual support, is it legit or retaliation?
Who’s sabotaging the Westview plan for exiting Mitchell-Lama into affordability? Four full years after tenants overwhelming approved the plan, it’s lost in Cuomo’s Albany. Two years there and two more RIOC wasted screwing around with ownership here before voting “Yes.” So, who’s doing the dirty work now?
RIVAA Vernissage XIX, rising now after a six-month pandemic stall, is a fresh sign of life for Roosevelt Island. Because you probably missed it, here’s a look at opening night, photos courtesy of Tad Sudol and RIVAA.
A “carbon sink” now proposed for Roosevelt Island, if built, would change the community and New York architecture forever. But imagination can sometimes overwhelm resistance.
RIOC’s proposed budget for the next fiscal year, starting April 1st, hinges on the unthinkable… the end of Tram service for Roosevelt Island. Partly, that’s the result of the state’s original sin, failing to embrace democracy.
RIOC caved again, giving the Sanctuary carte blanche for a West Promenade party, free illegal parking for guests and more. A new era of indifference to community concerns paved the way, and RIOC’s board played along.
That’s right. Big bad RIOC really doesn’t like little old me, and I think I know why. It’s because, as a journalist, I’m a thorn looking for a side. Healthy skepticism is necessary for doing a good job, but RIOC makes it even better, rewarding distrust.
Lawless RIOC must get out, and it needs to drag the HOLE with it out the door. Crucial failures accelerated since Boss Cuomo kicked Susan Rosenthal out. The only hope is a complete do-over and start again.
The RIOC Motorgate mess, going on now for over a year, again shows how inept indifference disrupts community life. Residents want calm, and RIOC is unable to provide it.
This week, RIOC News arrives, thuddingly dull and full of itself. In short, the state agency looks in a mirror, and it really likes what it sees.