Board Offers Thanks

Island House Celebrates Lobby Grand Opening With Halloween Party

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Island House's remodeled lobby, shown here decorating a cake, shared its grand opening with a Halloween Party for kids of all ages.
Island House's remodeled lobby, shown here decorating a cake, shared its grand opening with a Halloween Party for kids of all ages.
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

October 1st, Island House celebrated the grand opening of its remodeled lobby, paired with a timely Halloween bash. The proud board for the cooperative offered thanks to those who contributed.

Board Statement for Lobby Grand Opening and Halloween Party

The Island House  board of directors (Amrah Cardoso, Candee Chusid, James Starace, Geoffrey Kerr, David Hirschhorn, Mircea Nicolescu and Suren Shahinyah) hosted a party to celebrate the Lobby Grand Opening and Halloween.

The Halloween theme, complete with costumes, magician, popcorn, cotton candy, balloon making and face painting was  the idea of Richelle Neufville, Island House Property manager. The efforts of Richelle, Tameko Peart,  Alicia Pais,  Joshua Singh and the Island House staff in organizing and running the children’s portion of the event were spooktacular and took place in the new Inspiration Room created in the lobby transformation.

Island House board members Candee Chusid, James Starace and Amrah Cardoso pose with property manager Richelle Neufville (in nurse costume.)
Island House board members Candee Chusid, James Starace and Amrah Cardoso pose with property manager Richelle Neufville (in nurse costume.)
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

The effort of the Island House staff in preparing for the event and its aftermath was awesome. Hands on deck for the adult section of the event were Island House board members Jimmy Starace, Amrah Cardoso, and Candee Chusid who got a hand from cowboy Marc Katz in serving the frighteningly excellent refreshments, including the new staple “Cannoli Nachos” and a cake which included a picture of the new lobby.  

The lobby reconfiguration project was completed  with the team consisting of  Anthony Orlando of Lawless and Mangione, Architects, designer Lisa Galano, general contractor Bar Construction Corp, Richelle Neufville of MGRE  and the Island House board of directors.

With respect to the interior design, the Principals’ Corten steel planters were planted along with the flower arrangements in the lobby by Deb Herbertson. The lobby desk, mailbox shelves, log benches, art mirrors and art benches were all made by Robert Rising of NYCitySlab, LLC, aka the “Black Lumberjack” all from reclaimed NYC wood.

The art on the benches and mirrors, which are being displayed in the Island House lobby on loan from NYCity Slab, was done by Nover who was  formerly a Roosevelt Island resident.

RIOC President Susan Rosenthal, RIOC VP and General Counsel Gretchen Robinson, PSD Chief Kevin Brown, PSD Deputy Directory Anthony Amoroso, PSD Captain Estrella Suarez, and PSD Lt. Wanda Coleman joined in the festivities as well.

No age limit for children at the Island House Halloween Party.
No age limit for children at the Island House Halloween Party.
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

After two years of hard work, it was a BOOtiful thing  to see residents and neighbors  enjoying the new spaces. 

When you see kids enjoying the room for its first party it gives you a sense of  pride and accomplishment in knowing  that what we've created will be enjoyed for years to come.

Our property manager, Richelle Neufville and her team, did such an outstanding job putting this together. All were happy to attend, and there were close to 300 people eating the delicious pizza from Piccolo Trattoria and all the other great food and treats the board put together.

The success of this party, which was truly at its heart a kids party for real and adult kids sums up how bright the future of our Island House community is.

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