A Year of Change

Turning the page on 2017, we wouldn’t blame any of you for feeling relieved, angry, sad, or all three. It was, after all, the year of Trump.

Yet, zooming in to Roosevelt Island, it’s hard to deny that a lot of progress has been made. We started the year with the inauguration of the Second Avenue subway. Island history was made with our first (almost) $2 million apartment sale, and Island retail saw the opening of a new shop, BubbleCool, as well as the long-awaited Nisi.

NYC Ferry launched the Astoria route, connecting us with neighbors in Astoria, Long Island City, and Manhattan. And perhaps most notably, Cornell Tech officially opened its Island campus.

The new school has given us a wealth of new stories to tell, including our most tweeted article of 2017, Dottie Jeffries’ Roosevelt Island Gets Exclusive Access to Beloved Cornell Dairy Ice Cream. (Thank you, Dottie! We got to taste-test nine Cornell Dairy ice cream flavors as part of our fact-checking for that story.)

In 2018, we’re looking forward to telling even more of our neighbors’ stories – both on campus and off. In fact, we see it as our mission: providing a deeper, more complete look at the people and issues impacting our unique community. It’s why we mail our newspaper to every Roosevelt Island apartment for free – every other week, with no barriers to readership. Our website, mainstreetwire.com, publishes all of our newspaper content, in addition to web-only material.

We are so very grateful for the support of our advertisers who trust us to deliver their message and whose advertising dollars enable us to pay for printing, postage, and other overhead. Kelly and I, our team of proofreaders, reporters, and our photographer, do this work to serve all of you in our Island community. Season’s greetings from all of us at The WIRE!!

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