Community Spaces

RIOC offers community space permits at both the Roosevelt Island Cultural Center and Good Shepherd Community Center.

Each offers many different room options for various community events. Permits are issued seasonally during bi-annual permit request windows. Permit requests that are submitted outside of these windows are processed on a first come, first served basis.

Permitting or Public Events and Meetings- ADA Compliance:

When RIOC issues a permit to a private business or non-profit organization for a public event, the permit holder must be mindful of their obligations to disabled attendees.  All permitted spaces are wheelchair accessible.  Compliance for persons who are hearing-impaired is the responsibility of the permit holder.  For information on sign language or CART (Communication Access Real-time Translation) transcription services, please email

Permitting Schedule 

Cultural Center permit applications are accepted the following times each year:


Application Period 

Winter and Spring (January 1st – June 30th)

November 1st – November 10th

Summer and Fall (July 1st – December 31st)

May 1st – May 10th


*When the application period closes, any submitted requests will be permitted on a first come, first serve basis

The Cultural Center

Located at 548 Main Street, the main entrance is down the red steps in the 548 Main Street Breezeway. Wheelchairs and strollers can gain entry via elevator by going through the 560 Main Street Breezeway, turning right, and ringing the buzzer by the red doors behind Public Safety.

The Cultural Center is open from 9am to 9pm daily and offers the following spaces for rental:

Good Shepherd Community Center

Located at 543 Main Street, the main entry is through a handicapped-accessible red door on the north side of the building. Permit holders must show their permit to the Public Safety desk (located at 550 Main Street) to gain entry into the building.

Good Shepherd offers the following spaces for rental: