Established in 1981, to unify and inform the community, The Main Street WIRE is Roosevelt Island's independent community newspaper. 


Operated privately, we publish every two weeks, September through June, with occasional schedule variations and with reduced frequency in July and August.

We believe our longevity results from our unusual publishing and business model. We mail our newspaper to every Roosevelt Island apartment for free – news and calendar information are delivered to everyone on Roosevelt Island, every other week, with no barriers to readership. Additional copies are left at all Island retailers. Our website mainstreetwire.com, publishes all of of our newspaper content, in addition to web-only material, without paywalls or subscriptions.


Roosevelt Island is a diverse, vibrant, and growing community. The innovative Cornell Tech graduate campus recently opened, adding 350 apartments, as well as offices and technology-focused businesses. A neighboring hotel will break ground soon. The campus is becoming an international destination for students and businesses delivering cutting edge technologies. The Island also draws a lot of tourists thanks to Louis Kahn’s Four Freedoms Park. The launch of a new ferry station linking us to neighboring Astoria, and Long Island City, as well as midtown east, and the financial district will grow our community even further.  

As locals, we at The WIRE understand how our community works. We believe that a useful and vital community newspaper needs to be successfully immersed in the Island and its surrounding areas. Our dominant circulation means we deliver results for our advertisers.

Editor-Publisher Briana Warsing is a Roosevelt Island native who received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from New York University, and her Juris Doctor from New York Law School. She has been with The WIRE since 2013.


Managing Editor Kelly Turner is a reporter and editor who has worked at national magazines and local newspapers. She currently lives on Roosevelt Island with her family.

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Contact Us

News tips   briana@mainstreetwire.com

Letters to the Editor  letters@mainstreetwire.com

Submit upcoming events  events@mainstreetwire.com

Billing questions  billing@mainstreetwire.com

Submit a classified ad  917-587-3278

Advertising inquiries  advertise@mainstreetwire.com

Website issues   kelly@mainstreetwire.com



   Briana Warsing  briana@mainstreetwire.com

Managing Editor      

   Kelly Turner  kelly@mainstreetwire.com

Chief Proofreader    

   Linda Heimer  lindalheimer@aol.com


   Lorraine Altman, Josie Chamla, Vicki Feinmel, 
   David Kolakoski, Helke Taeger


   Ellen Levy  917-587-3278 / ellen@mainstreetwire.com

History Consultant  

   Judy Berdy


   Jack Resnick

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