Says Meredith Bergmann, “My hope is that ... anyone who’s dealing with a really crippling problem – a disability that constrains them, will feel inspired to overcome... will feel encouraged, and made bold by this.”
Tucked into a corner of Roosevelt Island near The Octagon and the Octagon Park tennis courts is a small gem of a Romanesque church that many Islanders have never noticed. It’s the home of the Dayspring Church headed by Dr. Olusegon Obed, or – as he is known to his parishioners – “Pastor O.”
“I’ve danced on Broadway stages; I’ve danced on stages all over the world. I’ve danced at the Kennedy center for two different Presidents; I’ve danced everywhere,” but when it comes to the Main Street Theatre and Dance Alliance (MST&DA), Executive Director Owen Johnston is sticking to the inside office. “I don’t teach anything at MST. I’ve not been seen on a MST stage in any kind of performance capacity, ever,” he says.
“Why do I have to clean my room and pick up my stuff?” Has there ever been a parent of a teenager who has not heard that complaint? The mother of Fr. Kevin Malik, recently appointed priest of the Island’s St. Frances Cabrini parish, was no exception. Her response to young Kevin was simple, “If it’s yours, take pride in it.”
Burglaries are up on Roosevelt Island. Abuse of power, from most reports, is down. Those were key points last week as Public Safety Director Jack McManus co-hosted a public meeting with the Public Safety Committee of the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA).
For those attending Wednesday night’s meeting of the Common Council of the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) who came expecting fireworks or fearing further dysfunction, it didn’t happen.
A lamppost base that once sat at the west end of the Queensboro Bridge has arrived on Roosevelt Island after efforts by Historical Society President Judith Berdy to acquire it as a companion piece for the old token booth, which now serves as a visitor kiosk at Tramway Plaza on the Island.
Doug Brandt’s 20-year career in theatre took a giant step forward on Sunday, March 23. That evening, the first staged reading of his new musical play, A Great Infidelity, drew a capacity audience at the Emerging Artists Theatre on 28th Street.
When was the last time you yelled Fire! in a crowded theater? When was the last time you yelled Racist! on a racially diverse Island? When was the last time you cheered someone on for doing either of these things?
Never, of course. These are not things that sane and responsible people do.
He’s a perennial. David Kraut has been serving the Island in some way, shape, or form since 1981. His 20-year anniversary of membership on the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) Board of Directors is this year.
“I’m not going to stand for the yelling,” he said.
Jeff Escobar, thrust into the presidency of the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) by Ellen Polivy’s resignation early last month, is facing the need to reconstruct an organization whose Common Council has been beset by rancor, distractions, and disarray.