Mini #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. 

Mini #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.

Mini #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.