compiled by Sara Maher

February is upon us, and on a Sunday in February, humankind’s greatest battle will commence.

City Offers ID Cards With Incentives

It’s time to turn our attention to an historic initiative that will truly benefit New Yorkers: the launch of IDNYC, a free municipal photo identification card for all City residents as young as 14.

Gwen Acsadi, a/k/a Gwynne Forster, Has Died

Posted in Web Extras

Roosevelt Islander Gwen Acsadi has died, according to word received at The Main Street WIRE.  A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, January 24, at 11:30, at the Chapel of the Good Shepherd. 

A longtime Island resident, Gwen Acsadi worked for the United Nations as a demographer.

But, in addition, writing as Gwynne Forster, she was the virtual inventor of the fiction genre, the black romance novel.  In that category, she was the highly successful author of more than 20 books.  Several years ago, she judged a short-story contest for The WIRE.

It’s frigid and grey on Main Street, but Coach Scot’s Main Street Sweets is warm and welcoming, as is Coach Scot himself.

When a New York teenager sets out to write a guide for teen tourists in the Big Apple, you might expect a “New Yawk” approach: sassy, sarcastic, and just plain funny. Lucy Cappello’s debut book also teaches you how to be a New Yorker.

Deadline January 30 for CB8 Applications

by Sara Maher      Jan. 25, 2015

Applications are open for Community Board 8.

“Even before 9/11, I wanted to be a firefighter,” she says. “It was in my mind when I was just a young girl. I just loved the thought of putting out fires and helping people – graduating from the Fire Department Academy is a dream come true.”

State Ruling May Kill Public Purpose Fund

Posted in Volume 35, Issue 8 - January 17, 2015

A new interpretation of law by New York State’s Authorities Budget Office (ABO) may spell the end of the Island’s Public Purpose Fund, which have supported non-profit community service endeavors on Roosevelt Island since it was created with the construction of Manhattan Park.

Recreating the Roaring Gatsby Era

Posted in Volume 35, Issue 8 - January 17, 2015

“As we crossed Blackwell’s Island a limousine passed us,” says Nick Carraway in The Great Gatsby, narrating the route he and his companions traversed from Long Island to Manhattan on a hot summer day.


• Roosevelt Island now has Freecycle, courtesy of RIRA Common Council member Susy del Campo Perea. It’s an opportunity to give away useful items you no longer need, or to ask for things you do need. You can join at, and it’s all free. (The site also seeks two volunteer moderators; write to

• NYC Neighborhood Library Awards are on again, giving Islanders a chance to nominate their favorite NYPL branch. Nominations go to ­, or they can be submitted in person at the library. There’s $20,000 in prize money (for the library) at stake. Last year, 4,300 New Yorkers sent in nominations.

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