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

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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.

Teen's Guide To NYC

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

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.

Adventures Off-Island

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

New year, new you? After the holiday chaos, it can be difficult to know where to begin. Here are a few ways to get a start on your resolutions.

Like Father, Like... Daughter

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

“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.

Trellis Owner Sees New Retail Dawn

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Alex Razaghi, who owns Trellis with his father, Kaie, was interviewed by a Columbia Journalism student about how he sees the restaurant, now under renovation, fitting into the Island's evolving retail life.


• 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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