The People, The Art, RIVAA Vernissage 20, Roosevelt Island, New York

RIVAA Vernissage 20 opened last weekend, and it was a milestone for Roosevelt Island. The artist collective postponed 2020’s “unveiling” because of COVID, but this year, it happened on time, signalling a comeback.

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The Soup Lady and Me

About The Soup Lady… By Esther Yang Margot — The Soup Lady — is her name. She is an Island residence, and a usual fixture in the Roosevelt Island Green Market. She’s saved me these past few months when I’m too exhausted to cook. Despite having developed hundreds of my own recipes that can be

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‘We’re Coming for You’: For Public Health Officials, a Year of Threats and Menace

Anna Maria Barry-Jester   April 25, 2021 [Editor’s note: This article contains strong language that readers might find offensive or disturbing.] SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, Calif. — Dr. Gail Newel looks back on the past year and struggles to articulate exactly when the public bellows of frustration around her covid-related health orders morphed into something darker

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What’s worse than RIOC seizing space in historic Blackwell House? Answer: Demanding free parking to go with it.

RIOC seizing space in Blackwell House, giving president/CEO Shelton Haynes a new office, was classic bad optics. But it took just a single week to top it as the state gobbled up sparse street parking, reserving them for his “guests…”

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4-24-21 Roosevelt Island: More Cherry Blossoms, More Broken Promises

On 4-24-21, Roosevelt Island, awash in the last round of cherry blossoms, welcomed a fresh flood of visitors. Hundreds of visitors enjoyed our Island, but something was missing. And it wasn’t anything new.

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Did RIOC’s board stumble, bumble and finally fumble a great opportunity?

April 22nd, 2021, did RIOC’s board stumble and eventually fumble a great opportunity for community engagement? Here’s how one bigmouth, weak reasoning and iffy claims messed up the chance.

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COVID and Cabin Fever Inspire New Uses of NYC Outdoor Space This Summer

Rachel Holliday Smith, THE CITY This article was originally publishedon Apr 22 at 9:14pm EDTby THE CITY Sure, air conditioning is nice. But after the year we’ve had, who wants to stay indoors this coming summer? Much more of city life is expected to take place in expanded public spaces in upcoming weeks — with

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