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Amid the widespread debate over bans on migrants and refugees as well as the growing climate of hostility towards people of color and other minorities, the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) reaffirms its solidarity towards all of Roosevelt Island’s residents, particularly those who feel most vulnerable and under attack during these times of national political tumult.
Roosevelt Island is a community built on diversity, fairness and pluralism. Our residents honor our community with the diversity of their national origins, faiths, ethnicities and identities and these form the basis of...

RIRA is holding a Public Forum on Wednesday, January 25 at 7:00 PM in the Chapel of The Good Shepherd.

This forum is open to all Roosevelt Island residents, and we encourage everyone to join.

Please bring your questions, concerns, and comments about the state of policing and safety for Roosevelt Island PSD on Wednesday. Bring your neighbors too!

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The Family Safety event held on Saturday, November 19 was informative for parents and fun for kids. Parents learned about home safety from the NYPD, FDNY, Bike New York and local pediatrician Dr. Grim, and practiced hands-only CPR. Children learned safety tips and made craft projects. Everyone had a great time. Thanks to the committee and the speakers for a memorable morning.

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Family Safety FREE Sat. 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Get tips from NYPD, FDNY, Bike New York and Dr. Grimm (pediatrician). Activities for children. 8 River Road, Manhattan Park Theatre.

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Congratulations to all the newly elected representatives. See you tonight at the first meeting of 2016-18.

Every Roosevelt Island resident is eligible to vote for RIRA representatives. Vote on Tuesday, November 8 at PS/IS 217 or Octagon.

Affordable Housing and Homelessness in New York City: From La Guardia to De Blasio

Mayor De Blasio plans to build or rehab 200,000 units of affordable housing by 2024. This panel will assess how the initiative is faring, and compare it with previous efforts at combating the high cost of housing, and reducing homelessness, in the city.

Nicholas Dagen Bloom (New York Institute of Technology), co-editor of the new Affordable Housing in New York, author of Public Housing that W...orked
Thomas J. Main (Baruch College), author of the new Homelessness in New York: From Koch to De Blasio
Barika Williams, Deputy Director, Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development
Jessica Katz, Assistant Commissioner, NYC Dept. Housing, Preservation, and Development
Charles Bagli, New York Times (moderator)

Time: Wednesday, October 26th, 6:30-8 PM
Location: The Graduate Center, CUNY, Elebash Recital Hall (ground floor)

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How was New York City’s housing influenced by its political and cultural development? Find out as Richard Plunz, David Burney, and Shola Olatoye discuss the release of a revised and newly updated version of Plunz’s landmark study, A History of Housing in New York City @MuseumofCityNY on Wed, 10/19 at 6:30 pm, Use code HOUSE for $10 tickets:

Join author Richard Plunz and housing experts David Burney and Shola Olatoye to discuss the history of housing in NYC, from the single-family house to tenements and high-rise apartment buildings.

Saturday 6-11 is Roosevelt Island Day, 10 am - 4 pm at Good Shepherd Plaza. Bring kids to the FREE rides and petting zoo. Donate Blood at 546. Donate books in all languages for kids ages tots to 8. Art activities with RI Explorers in Blackwell Park.Learn hands-only CPR. Fun for all ages.

Members of the Roosevelt Island Parents Network and Roosevelt Island Seniors Association gathered on Saturday, May 7 to make a Mother's Day craft. The children also made bouquets for the mothers, grandmothers and other seniors who were attending the Mother's Day Brunch of the Senior Center the same day right after our event, and handed the flowers out to them personally. It was a touching moment and a wonderful continuation of the dialog between the children and seniors in our community that we started in February with the children creating a ceremonial African Kente cloth for the Senior Center in honor of the Black History Month.

Roosevelt Island Blood Drive Sat. 6/11 10 am to 4 pm at 546 Main/Senior Center. Register to give the gift of life and get discounts at local restaurants.

New York Blood Center (NYBC) is one of the largest community-based, non-profit blood collection and distribution organizations in the United States.

Bring Books for Children ages infant to 8 to the RIRA Book Drive on Roosevelt Island Day, Saturday, 6/11. All languages welcome.…/Book%20Drive%202016.pdf…

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Cornell Town Hall Monday 6-13-16 at Manhattan Park Theatre Club

Please see the attached flyer for Cornell Tech’s upcoming Town Hall, co-sponsored by the Cornell Tech Community and Construction Task Force.
The event will take place on Monday, June 13th from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at the Manhattan Park Theatre Club, 8 River Road.


You are invited to attend and learn about Cornell Tech’s academic programs, community engagements, campus construction and operations in anticipation of our campus opening on Roosevelt Island in the summer of 2017. The public will have an opportunity to ask questions.

Fore more information, please contact Jane Swanson: or at 646-220-1505.…/Cornell%20Town%20Hall%20June%2020…

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Roosevelt Island residents and distinguished guests gather to mark the 40th anniversary of the maiden voyage of the Roosevelt Island aerial tram on Tuesday, May 17 at 1:00 pm at Tram Plaza. Join us for a celebration featuring remarks by those who were instrumental in the life of the tram, plus a performance by the PS/IS 217 Band. Children of the island will share model trams they have decorated. Bring your stories of unusual events (marriage proposals and weddings), celebrity sightings (Harrison Ford) and exotic guests (deer). A cake, in the form of the tram, will be served. FREE.

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All Roosevelt Island residents are invited to complete a survey ( regarding their views of the issues the community is facing. The survey takes less than three minutes to complete. The deadline to complete the survey is Friday, May 20, 2016.

RIRA will tally the responses and use them to set priorities among the issues presented.

Please contact Adib Mansour at if you have any questions or encounter any problems.


Thanks for your participation.

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Learn about high-paying jobs in construction: carpentry, electricity, ironwork, plumbing, and painting. Get training at, Nontraditional Employment for Women. RSVP for Thursday 4/14 at 6:30 pm meeting at Gallery RIVAA, 527 Main Street by calling 212-627-6252.