The Burden Of Eden

Stuyvesant Town's Struggle to Maintain Its Traditions

A New Documentary By William Kelly


William Kelly

William Kelly received The Spirit Of Independents Award at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival for his first feature film, Comeback, which the International Film Journal  called a "vibrant and creative. . . primer on directing without a budget", citing the “kinetic energy of its editing.”

He has written for Film Quarterly and worked as Chief Film Critic and Film Editor for COVER magazine from 1988 to 2000. Mr.Kelly edited the feature film, Broken Sole Trilogy (2007) and created a short work, “Man’s Best Friend,” for the Humane Society.

From 2000 to 2022, Mr.Kelly oversaw media production at LaGuardia Community College/City University of New York.

Marie Beirne

Marie Beirne was a NYC neighborhood historic preservationist who worked successfully with the Coalition to Save City and Suburban Homes to landmark both Model Tenement complexes.

Ms.Beirne's advocacy includes production of oral histories, publications and documentaries. She was co-producer of the STPCV Oral History Project, the origins for The Burden of Eden.

She served on the Board of Directors of Lenox Hill Neighborhood Association; was a Board Member of Community Board 8, Manhattan; a Member of East 79th Street Neighborhood Association, and served on the Board of Advisors of the Lower East Side Preservation Initiative.

Ms. Beirne worked for many years as a Business Analyst for financial services corporations including NASDAQ, MetLife, and BNP Paribas.

Marie Beirne passed away November 26, 2018.