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When she’s not teaching children’s ballet and dance classes at Main Street Theater and Dance Alliance (MSTDA), Canadian born Haley Ostir is deeply entrenched in the life of a triple threat Broadway actress. Currently cast in the role of rehearsal swing for the Jersey Boys Tour Company, Ostir must learn all three female parts of the show, and like an understudy on steroids, jump in to play any one of them as needed.

"It don’t me...

In 2007 Judy Berdy, opened the Visitors Center. She used a kiosk that once marked the entrance to the Trolley Station people took to get over the Queensboro Bridge. Now the Roosevelt Island Historical Society's Visitor's Center welcomes 60,000 visitors a year! Berdy herself first visited the Island in 1966 when she worked in the dental clinic at Goldwater Hospital. She was immediately charmed by the Island and moved here eleven years later....

March 4, 2019

Five Island women, J. Khadijah Abdurahman, Jennilie Brewster, Rossana Ceruzzi, Julia Ferguson, Jovemay Santos will be honored by Assembly Member Rebecca A. Seawright on March 7, as part of the Fifth Annual Women of Distinction Awards. 

"Celebrating Women's History Month is not just about the women that came before us; it is about the women today who are change-makers, influencers, and inspire us to resist and keep up the fight. We are better for t...

In 1982, a small group of Islanders got together to form a board of directors for what later became Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance. Their first productions were held in the Goldwater Hospital auditorium.

Since then, thanks to a key phone call Diana Brill made to old friends, Nancy and Worth Howe, MST&DA has been able to run a children’s theatre, add a dance component, collaborate with many other Island organizations, and have taught and provided...

January 28, 2019

Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance's (MST&DA) Director of Teen Theatre, actor/director Joan Marie Cusick, who goes by stage name Joan Marie, not only grew up on Roosevelt Island; her family moved here when she was in preschool, but she has been doing theatre almost as long, thanks to MST&DA where she first studied. Marie is directing the upcoming teen performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream, a play she once starred in, as lead, He...

December 17, 2018

29-year old Manhattan Park resident Mark Kilpatrick was awarded a spot on the Forbes “30 Under 30” list for 2019 in the enterprise technology category. Kilpatrick describes his work in financial technology (FinTech) as “serving the little guy” – in this case community banks and credit unions. He serves the little guy outside of the office as well, and is active in the Roosevelt Island community, including co-leading the Roosevelt Island Football Assoc...

As a pediatrician, Dr. Katherine Grimm has watched over a generation of Roosevelt Island kids grow up, carefully guiding them through childhood’s bumps, ailments, and scary moments. Over the course of her 44-year career, she has also served as a faculty member and vice-chairman of pediatrics at Mount Sinai hospital and specialized in child abuse evaluations at the New York Center for Children. The Island resident also spent eight years serving on the...

October 21, 2018

In 2014, Rebecca Seawright became the first female to be elected to the State's 76th Assembly district, which includes Roosevelt Island. In the years since, she has fought to pass an Equal Rights Amendment billmarched with Islanders, honored residents as Women of Distinction, and worked behind the scenes on many Island issues. She is up for election again on November 6.

As part of the ongoing Roosevelt Island Time Capsule project, Island teen Fr...

September 23, 2018

Since 2013, New York City Council Member Ben Kallos has represented Roosevelt Island, along with the Upper East Side and the rest of the City's Fifth District. Recently, high-school student Mark Strong Shinozaki interviewed the 37-year-old council member about growing up on the Upper East Side, his decision to go into politics, and his hopes for the future of Roosevelt Island. 

The interview is part of an going Time Capsule project, sponsored by the Ch...

July 2, 2018

It was a special occasion for a special woman. Island resident, Mary Eileen Fitzgerald, age 95, clad in a salmon-colored suit, was honored by New York State Senator Jose Serrano with a 2018 Woman of Distinction Award on Wednesday, June 27. One woman in each senatorial district is annually selected for this honor by each of the 63 members of the senate. A Rivercross resident since 1977, Fitzgerald exemplifies the Protect and Serve motto of police...

In the fall of 2014, Trellis owner Kaie Razaghi and his son Alex closed the diner they operated in the heart of Roosevelt Island to begin a renovation project that was expected to last a few months. 

The overhaul took more than three years. 

Today, despite a new look and new name, the restaurant’s owners say the important things haven’t changed: their commitment to creating a neighborhood eatery and their love for Roosevelt Island. 

Island teens Bryan Cu...

June 25, 2018

“I am lucky” are words I didn’t expect to hear from LeVar Lawrence when we met a few weeks ago under the leafy canopy next to Coler Hospital. 

Roosevelt Island, he says, is his “suburban” home, a calm retreat where he lives with some of his closest friends, fellow victims of gun violence who, like Lawrence, will live in wheelchairs for the rest of their lives. 

His real home though, the home where his heart is and will always be, is the Walt Whitman Hou...

June 25, 2018

On the southern part of Roosevelt Island lies the gleaming Cornell Tech campus, a graduate school designed to engage our rapidly evolving global society. It opened in the fall with fanfare and a who’s who of politicians and luminaries. In the north sits rehabilitation hospital NYC Health & Hospitals/Coler, a public hospital that opened in 1952 to care for patients with long-term needs. In 2013, Coler took in some of the patients displaced by Goldwater...

June 8, 2018

As a featured performer on multiple Grammy- and Latin Grammy-awarded albums, Leonardo Suarez Paz can have his pick of concert venues. The violin virtuoso is a veteran of first-rate stages around the world, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and Madison Square Garden. But when the opportunity to play at Roosevelt Island’s Good Shepherd Community Center came, he jumped on it. After all, the Island has been his home for the...

May 25, 2018

Next month, homegrown Islanders Miebaka Yohannes and Felix Cardinal will join nearly 3,000 cyclists making the 550-mile journey from San Francisco to Los Angeles. The grueling seven-day ride is a fundraiser for AIDS/LifeCycle and supports HIV/AIDS treatment and research. 

Although the childhood friends now live on opposite sides of the country, they both credit their Island roots for inspiring the journey. 

“My mom always used to say, you have to do stu...

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