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Dick, The Newspaperman of Roosevelt Island

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

If you want a dose of Main Street U.S.A. right here in New York City, look no further than Roosevelt Island.

What you'll find on this narrow 40-block-long strip of land in the East River between Manhattan and Queens is a journalist named Dick Lutz and several dozen residents who believe deeply in where they live and the art of building community around a small local newspaper.

"A town like Roosevelt Island needs a newspaper pretty badly because The New York Times doesn't cover us very well," says Lutz, a veteran journalist with more than forty years of experience in public television. "So what ends up happening is The Main Street WIRE becomes our primary source of information about what's going on here." 

Meet Lutz and his team of volunteers who put out the free biweekly newspaper about Roosevelt Island news, politics and culture and make it their mission to deliver it to every door on the island.

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Comments [3]

jOANBARBARA HOLLAND from 20 river rd

I has been a privilege to know Dick Lutz for almost 10 years & be exposed to his fairness, humor & erudition.

Aug. 06 2014 04:26 PM
D. Evans

What a marvelous tribute to Dick Lutz and team who provide the folks here on Roosevelt Island The WIRE that bonds and informs. We recognize our good fortune in having him and thank you Jennifer of WNYC for the recognition.

Mar. 10 2011 10:06 PM
Peter Digilio

Thank you, WNYC for a entertaining piece on the Wire, our hometown newspaper. We are lucky, on Roosevelt Island, to have such a dedicated newsman and a very dedicated group of volunteers.

Mar. 10 2011 06:04 PM

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