Roosevelt Island News
Our small town in the big city…
Roosevelt Island News is published fresh daily for a small town settled in the heart of New York, America’s greatest city.
F Trains (Essential Services) are barely operating, 20 minute intervals (when possible with crews available)*, Roosevelt Island Tram, NYC Ferry (reduced) and Q102 Bus (reduced) on weekday schedules. No reported problems so far.
Check on time subway status, all lines, here.
RIOC Red Buses on weekend schedules (15 minute intervals) at all times. Octagon Express Buses canceled.
What a difference a year makes… Roosevelt Island, April 2020
Free meal distribution starts today at PS/IS 217 (Source: New York City Board of Education)
- Free “Grab and Go” meals are available for all New Yorkers.
- Monday through Friday, 7:30 am to 1:30 pm.
- Meals Hubs will operate for children and families from 7:30 am to 11:30 am, and for adults from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.
- No one will be turned away at any time.
- No registration, ID, or documentation required.
- All three meals a day may be picked up at the same time.
- No dining space is available, so meals must be eaten off premises.
- Parents and guardians may pick up meals for their children.
Tuesday’s Weather, April 7th, 2020… More clouds in the afternoon, but plenty of sun and a high of 66. Air quality index: Good.
Roosevelt Island Groups Step Up. To Feed Our Neighbors. More to come…
Cornell Tech’s “still with the community,” creatively battling COVID-19
First Annual Roosevelt Island Film Festival, August, 2020
RIOC’s Statement on Their Employees Testing Positive for Coronavirus…
“Over half of RIOC employees have continued to go to work each day throughout this crisis. Our Public Safety Department has been here to keep our residents safe and serve as a vital lifeline for seniors and this disabled. Members of our Transportation Department have continued to run Red Bus service and make sure our buses operate properly. Our Groundskeepers are still working hard to keep Roosevelt Island clean and our Facilities personnel are on hand to make all essential repairs.
“The public’s concern for the well-being of our employees has been touching. Although a few of them have tested positive for the Coronavirus (COVID-19), they are all recovering nicely and will be back at work soon. RIOC adheres to New York State’s strict protocol to quarantine all employees who come into contact with infected people. We are dedicated to ensuring the safety of all Roosevelt Island residents and RIOC employees as well.”
Foodtown’s Weekly Circular Is Back..
Like no other, Roosevelt Island’s got parks and promenades…
Why our leadership crisis is worse than the coronavirus…
This is Roosevelt Island and You Can’t Stop Art: RIVAA Vernissage XIX
Cornell Tech students reach out of help seniors with computer/internet issues for free…
PAUSE UPDATED: Roosevelt Island Details…
Roosevelt Island In the Spotlight
I had the opportunity today to be on Roosevelt Island visiting the Coler hospital facility and there – right this minute – new hospital beds are being created right now so that we will have additional capacity to handle this surge in coronavirus cases and to make sure that everyone else who needs hospital care for other diseases and challenges will have support as well. On Roosevelt Island at Coler, 100 new beds will be available this week, 240 will be available next week. It’s just one example of many to come where we’re finding new ways to create hospital space for those who need it.Mayor Bill de Blasio
Press Briefing, March 23rd, 2020
Heads up! Affordable housing at 460 Main Street available soon…
They can’t cancel spring and Foodtown’s helping out!
Mayor Bill de Blasio issued guidelines for New Yorkers, taking effect Sunday at 8:00.
It’s still okay to get your exercise hiking Four Freedoms Park…
Saturday, March 22nd, a day of change like no other…
Our Proposal To Save Main Street Business During the Coronavirus Turmoil…
The Roosevelt Island Daily and News suggests that RIOC and Hudson Related cancel all rents due for Main Street businesses and nonprofits, effective now and continuing until the State of Emergency is lifted. Profiting while everyone else suffers is unreasonable and unfair.
Primary reporting, updates by David Stone
Hey, RIOC! Save this public space…
An Updated List of Coronavirus Related Cancellations for Roosevelt Island & New York City…
New feature: A Guide to Roosevelt Island Historic Sites
RIOC’s Board Has Been Busy… Approving Citi Bike Pilot for Rosevelt Island…
…and a welcome approval of public purpose fund grants…
The Graduate Roosevelt Island Hotel, Opening Soon at Cornell Tech has the following job openings. Click for details:
Almost 10 years on, we’re still dealing with a mistake nobody admits to: The Hudson Companies Paradox
Will RIOC’s fresh idea bring a “miracle on Main Street…?”
We never thought you’d ask… But what is Roosevelt Island, really?
RIOC’s plans for Southpoint Park begin taking shape…
Closer look: FDR Four Freedoms Park in Winter…
Suraj Patel mounts a strong primary challenge against Carolyn Maloney for the NY-12 Congressional seat…
Why do they always get Roosevelt Island wrong…?
What’s up with Four Freedoms Park for 2020?
Getting to Know Roosevelt Island…
- Roosevelt Island: New York’s Big Little Island
- Business Second Look: Roosevelt Island’s Oldest “The Deli”
- Ed Logue’s Roosevelt Island
- How many people live on Roosevelt Island?
- All About the Roosevelt Island Tram
- The Roosevelt Island Daily Newspaper
Planned as a City of Tomorrow, Roosevelt Island was born of ideals and rose from the ashes of a city in ruins. Race riots and crime defined too much of a graffiti-scarred town.
Months before, a Daily News headline, Ford to City: Drop Dead, marked the pit of New York’s free fall.
There was nowhere to go but up, and one of first steps out of the urban cellar was Roosevelt Island.
Built on a two-mile long strip of Manhattan schist, this New York City neighborhood in the East River is as distinctive as any, and its need for reliable local information is even more unique.
The Roosevelt Island News aligns with the only local newspaper serving our community. See the Roosevelt Island Daily for events, news, calendars and more.
Up-To-Date: Roosevelt Island Tram Guide for 2020
Keeping to our ideals is a greater struggle now than ever before. A neighborhood built on economic diversity battles gentrification. New market rate housing threatens to topple unity.
Balance between ideals and reality is hard to find, and political power is held by invisible string pullers in Albany.
We started the Roosevelt Island Daily as an independent source for news and opinion. Now, we take it a step farther.
Roosevelt Island News @ Assorted Ideas mixes local stories into a wider framework. We hope you enjoy the variety and range you find here..
Get to know Roosevelt Island in history…
- The Queensboro Bridge / Greater Astoria and Roosevelt Island Historical Societies
- Roosevelt Island (Images of America) / Roosevelt Island Historical Society
- Damnation Island / Stacy Horn