Roosevelt Island Day, Movies Lost In Fog

What's with RIOC's nearly invisible events?

Will there be movies in Southpoint, this year? Will RIOC let us know about it?
Will there be movies in Southpoint, this year? Will RIOC let us know about it?

You've heard about FIGMENT NYC 2019, right? And the Cherry Blossom Festival, of course. But weeks earlier, a year ago, RIOC had it's free movie schedule for Southpoint Park up, and we'd already posted about Roosevelt Island Day. Is RIOC overstretched?

Yes, posters adorn Main Street kiosks, announcing Roosevelt Island Day on June 8th, but that hasn't been accompanied by the usual emailed announcement, well in advance, including a copy of the poster that helped us and the Roosevelt Islander spread the word, especially to the majority of us who seldom walk down Main Street or look at the chaotic kiosks when they do.

And RIOC's own website hasn't caught up. It's still promoting Roosevelt Island Day from last year.

It's not as if they weren't asked.


After providing a copy of the poster to State Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright in time for her to include it in her weekly newsletter. Last week, that is

How is that appropriate?

The situation with the expected series of outdoor movies is worse. No posters, etc., or announcements, which were available last year on May 5th.

The only trace that suggests the movie series will resume are a pair of cryptic calendar entries on RIOC's website. The first movie, it says, will fill the big screen on June 21st, but they don't say what it is.

Pretty shabby.

So, we wondered why events aimed at outsiders - FIGMENT, Cherry Blossom Festival - get the royal treatment while those geared for residents are forgotten or, maybe, just not that important.

Or maybe they're just overstretched with all the last year's turnover.

Correction: an earlier version of this article said Roosevelt Island Day is June 15th. The correct date is June 8th.

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