Radio Rookies partnered with the NYC Salt teen photography program to create multimedia stories documenting Roosevelt Island’s Main Street. Many New Yorkers know little about Roosevelt Island besides that the tram takes you there. Over the course of a 6-week intensive workshop, the Short Wave Rookie Reporters found all kinds of fascinating stories on this island that's so close, yet so different from the rest of the city.
Their stories are part of a collaboration with the Mapping Main Street project which aims to collect stories from all of the more than 10,000 streets named Main in the United States.
Short Wave Radio Rookies went to Roosevelt Island's Main Street to report multimedia stories. On the north end of the Island they found a colony of cats and a whole community of people who love them.
JR Cortez lives in chronic pain on Roosevelt Island. Short Wave Radio Rookies Maire Mendoza, Mary Lopez and Devin Osorio help him tell his story.
Roosevelt Island's Octagon building has a long history. It started out as a "lunatic asylum" and ended up as a high-end apartment building. Short Wave Rookies wanted to learn more about the history of the place.
Short Wave Rookies Ailyn Perez, Kedwein Valdez and Lewis Escano heard stories about one of Roosevelt Island's known characters: Noel the Fisherman. They searched for him for weeks on the island, trying to tell his story. Wandering up and down Roosevelt Island's Main Street, they realized that the infamous Noel wasn't the only character out there.