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Despite the summery weather, with temperatures in the 80’s, the Island celebrated its Fall for the Arts festival last weekend. The festivities included the unveiling of the Island’s first Book Birdhouse, live music, art, activities for children, and at the end, the annual Kite Flight for Peace at Four Freedoms Park. 

The Book Birdhouse

A jazz concert in the RIVIVA gallery on Friday evening kicked off the weekend. On early Saturday, the Book Bird House,...

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...

July 30, 2019

Last Thursday evening was one of those perfect New York City summer days beckoning you to spend time outdoors. 23 photography enthusiasts gathered at FDR

Four Freedoms Park to partake in a summer workshop, Filling in the Blanks.

The event was a BYOC event, bring your own camera, led by Brooke DiDonato, a visual artist from Ohio. DiDonato is known for her surrealist style in which she plays with spaces and environments to create captivating photos.

I...

Fade is what they refuse to do.  Disappearing into the background is not going to happen.  Fighting to ensure their fate does not befall the youth of future generations is what they are doing with all their might. And they are healing through the redemptive power of words. 

FADE is a new play by Coler Hospital-based non-profit Open Doors opening this weekend at Main Street Theatre and Dance Alliance's Howe Theatre. Joel Francois and the...

May 23, 2019

Next Thursday, to celebrate New York born Walt Whitman’s 200th Birthday, Compagnia De' Colombari, an international collective of performing artists, will perform More Or Less I Am (MOLIA), adapted from Whitman's first major work, Song of Myself at the FDR Four Freedoms Park. Conceived and directed by Karin Coonrod with original music by Colin Jacobsen, Kyle Sanna and Eric Jacobsen, Compagnia De' Colombari has been performing MOLIA since 2008.

Whitman,...

July 28, 2018

Kimbirdlee and Jonathan Fadner of Common Man Musicals (CMM) are bringing a grown-up version of their new production, The Monkey King, back to Roosevelt Island’s Howe Theatre next weekend, August 3-5. The four-performance run will be the show’s last stop before making an appearance at Queens Theater August 12.

There was a buzz going around the community when The Monkey King premiered in May. The talented wife and husband duo developed their original scr...

July 23, 2018

Itching to get off the Island, but not looking forward to taking a hot, sticky subway ride just to stand on line with tourists? We hear you. 

Whether you’re looking to entertain kids, spend some time on the water, or want to soak up some culture, Astoria’s waterfront has much to offer—and most of it won’t cost you a dime. The NYC Ferry ride from Roosevelt Island to Astoria takes only eight minutes and makes for a fun day trip. The Astoria ferry st...

June 25, 2018

Looking at the women featured in Sara Bennett’s photos, currently printed across stretched canvas on the grassy slope of Four Freedoms Park, it’s easy to imagine them as neighbors, aunts, or friends. They are pictured in their bedrooms, one adorned with photos, one painted purple, and all with the little tchotchkes and comforts that make up a life. The one fact uniting each: time in a maximum security prison for homicide.

“We put people in prison and w...

June 8, 2018

On Wednesday morning, a few dozen Islanders and art lovers sat in front of a podium on the hill that connects Good Shepherd Plaza with the west promenade. On a concrete slab in front of them, hidden beneath a red sheet, stood the Island’s newest work of public art, a sculpture by Long Island City artist Michael Poast. 

The Good Shepherd Plaza Sculpture Plinth is the brainchild of Tad Sudol, president of the Roosevelt Island Visual Art Association (RIVA...

May 25, 2018

 To the Editor:

Regarding the May 19 Music Is All Inclusive concert, which was dedicated to Dick Lutz and presented with the support of the Roosevelt Island Residents Association Youth Committee’s Adib Mansour and the Roosevelt Island Disabled Association’s Wendy Hersh: Ms. Shuang Yu, kudos to you and your young students!  

Thank you for including this program as part of Saturday’s remembrance of Dick Lutz, Editor Emeritus of The Main Street WIRE. Dick...

May 12, 2018

Andres “Jay” Molina is tired of talking about his wheelchair. 

As part of the Open Doors program, he and a small group of fellow Coler patients have spent the last few years using poetry, podcasts, video, and art to explore their experiences as men of color now living in wheelchairs and the circumstances that got them there. Now, he says, they are ready to talk about more. 

“There is no way I could tell that story any better. I’ll come back to it later,...

March 11, 2018

“I call it American history – black history is part of American history,” said curator Lorraine Williams in her remarks at the opening of Hidden Talent, an art exhibit sponsored by the Roosevelt Island Visual Arts Association (RIVAA) in celebration of Black History Month. 

Williams, known for her signature red beret and dark glasses, is a longtime Islander who has been curating RIVAA’s Black History Month exhibition for the past five years. 

The exhibit...

March 10, 2018

Why not solicit submissions from Island professional artists for a greeting monument? The Cornell students? Or a call to lesser known, but good and cheaper, artists off-Island? Or kids on the Island? The Island is unique and certainly worth taking a little extra time and effort for.

March 10, 2018

Here’s another idea for the RI sign: On- and off-Island artists could be invited to submit “themed” ideas for painting on clear vinyl applied onto the RI initials. This could be done on a rotating basis, up for a few months each year. This would generate a lot of publicity for the Island, attract visitors, build traffic for the stores.

February 18, 2018

Two Islanders offer differing views of whether the proposed welcome sign in the right thing to do.

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