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September 2, 2019

Happy Labor Day, Roosevelt Island! It’s been another summer of change on Roosevelt Island, and at The WIRE

You didn’t hear much from us this summer because it’s been a tumultuous summer for me personally, culiminating with my family’s very Roosevelt Island international move off Roosevelt Island. My husband, three children and I are moving to London for a few years.

The WIRE will still be around and we are in the process of building our new team. 

Stor...

June 17, 2019

Thank you for stopping by our table at Roosevelt Island Day, our third year in a row participating. This year we asked you to share story ideas with us. We taped brown paper to our table and had multi-colored Sharpie markers for you to write with. You shared everything from your artwork to your hopes and wishes about Roosevelt Island.

People wrote about the need for more programming for high school kids, increased access to our fields, more dance and b...

March 19, 2019

Yesterday marked the one-year anniversary that The WIRE’s longtime Editor/Publisher Dick Lutz has been gone. Last night a bunch of us sat around a back table at NISI to commemorate our friend. I was honored to be among this group of people and share stories and memories about Dick.

I want to take this opportunity to share the editorial I wrote back then. It still rings true.

Since Dick has been gone, we’ve stopped printing the paper. It might seem that...

February 4, 2019

If the sold-out shows at this past weekend’s teen theatre performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream send one message regarding community, then RIOC’s recent press release further diminishing the amount of time we have access to our own fields stands in stark contrast.

In what other place do the local residents have to beg for field time like we do here? Where else are you forced to spectate from your windows overlooking those fields while non-resid...

January 7, 2019

Great editorial cartoon from neighbor Jim Meadows, who lives across the river in Western Queens. Long Island City was one of two locations to be the site of new Amazon headquarters and one of the sweeteners was $3 Billion in tax breaks.

January 7, 2019

January 6 marked the the 78th anniversary of the famous Four Freedoms speech, President Roosevelt's eighth State of the Union address. The speech gave hope to the American people then entering war and served as as a symbol of our goals; to create a more just and equitable world based upon four essential, universal freedoms: freedom of speech and expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.

You can listen to the famous...

December 31, 2018

Wrapping up 2018, it’s hard to not be struck by just how much change the Island – and The WIRE – experienced over the last 12 months.  

While we’re not big believers in resolutions here at The WIRE, we did start the year with a sense that we wanted to dig into some of the issues that perennially pop up in Island conversations, starting with the state of the Island’s public middle school and fact that so many PS/IS 217 parents opt to look elsewhere when...

October 23, 2018

The Main Street WIRE is one of many community sponsors of a panel and arts showcase on Roosevelt Island that is part of the first citywide Reimagine End of Life Festival, the week of exploring big questions about life and death.

Reimagine End of Life is a community-wide exploration of death and celebration of life through creativity and conversation that draws on the arts, spirituality, healthcare, and design to break down taboos and bring divers...

September 30, 2018

It was only two and a half years ago that RIOC paid consulting firm Fitzgerald & Halliday $70,000 to spend 11 months finding out what the community’s vision for Southpoint Park is. A community advisory committee was created and included representatives from more than 20 Roosevelt Island organizations. The goal was to establish a vision for the park to be determined by the community. Though nothing came of the plan the community made together, it was a...

September 23, 2018

Last week, we were excited to launch our new electronic newsletter, the WIRE Weekly. If you didn’t receive one, you can subscribe here.

Future newsletters will be emailed every Sunday evening and will always include the biggest stories from the past week, suggestions for what to do next week, and voices of fellow Islanders on topics that matter to them.

As part of our own expansion and growth, we’re excited about our new format. We know you’re busy and...

June 13, 2018

Sometimes it takes fresh eyes and differing perspectives to inspire, challenge, and make change. That’s what I saw at the Weill Cornell Hackathon. That’s what I’ve been observing at the past couple of RIRA meetings. That’s what we are trying to do here at The WIRE.

Two years ago, Kelly Turner joined me at the helm of The WIRE. From the first piece that she edited, her talent was so apparent I vowed to never even write a text without asking for her edit...

June 3, 2018

“But we’ve always done it this way.” 

It’s something newcomers to Roosevelt Island hear a lot when they go to volunteer their time with an organization. Traditions are important, of course. They help keep a community rooted in its collective past. But they can also make it hard for new ideas and new traditions to flourish. 

So it was heartening and inspiring to hear the lively, congenial, and solution-focused debate at the last Roosevelt Island Resident...

May 2, 2018

Thank you to everyone who attended the Get Out! screening we co-sponsored a couple of weeks ago. We were so very impressed and encouraged by the turnout and enthusiasm. 

For The WIRE, the event represented an intentional shift we’ve been making. In addition to being a “watchdog,” we believe we should also be a good neighbor and play an active role in the community. Part of that is ensuring we are at the heart of critical conversations taking place arou...

April 14, 2018

When the “master plan” for Roosevelt Island was designed in the late 60s, it was in part a reaction to an emerging public-policy consensus that the City was in crisis. The middle-class was moving to the suburbs. 

In the clean slate offered by Roosevelt Island, the drafters imagined a neighborhood designed from the ground up to integrate social classes and promote community. City planners and politicians imagined the new community could serve as an appe...

March 26, 2018

In writing Dick’s obituary, I have been in touch with many people; some of his relationships go back almost 60 years. Many of the people I have had the pleasure to speak with have known him for lifetimes longer than I have, and I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge them in their grief, and express my deepest condolences to them for their great loss.

I like to think of Dick as a benevolent, supportive advocate and mentor of all things Main Stre...

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