In Memoriam

On November 4, 2014, Gus Vlahavas, longtime proprietor of Tom’s Restaurant in Prospect Heights, passed away due to respiratory complications. He was beloved by so many and his warmth and spirit will be greatly missed. It was our privilege to spend time with him, and he taught us the true meaning of the Greek word filoxenia – “You welcome the stranger like a friend, and then you absorb them in and make them like your family.” Our thoughts and love go out to his family.

EPISODE 12: JOE & SARAH, WILLIAMSBURG

Joe & Sarah have seen Williamsburg change from a working-class immigrant community to a hipster haven. But Caffe Capri still maintains its old-school character and is a favorite spot for residents both old and new, thanks in no small part to the charms of its owners.

Episode 11: SANDE ELINSON, ROOSEVELT ISLAND

In 1973, Welfare Island was renamed Roosevelt Island, and the Elinson’s were one of the first families to move into this new, affordable community. From hospital ruins to community gardens, Sande Elinson walks us through the past 40 years of this storied island’s history. 

EPISODE 10: PAWNEE SILLS, WEST VILLAGE

When Pawnee Sills graduated from high school, she left her parent’s farm in North Carolina and moved to New York City to become an actor. She also became part of the community of “pioneers” that moved into Westbeth Artists’ Housing in 1970.

EPISODE 8: JOE CHIRICO, CARROLL GARDENS

Joe Chirico’s mother, Marietta, opened a dry goods store to supplement the family income during the Great Depression. Today Joe is in his 90s and is still selling socks, underwear and cobbler aprons at the Carroll Gardens storefront.