In honor of the recently launched Huffington Post Good News vertical, HuffPost New York would like to give a shoutout to one of Gotham's original purveyors of the life-affirming and upbeat: Steve Kraus of The New York Good News.
DNAinfo profiled the 82-year-old Village resident back in September. Kraus has been the lone editor of the makeshift newspaper since 1962, distributing copies at subway stations, bus stops and local businesses.
Kraus, an ex-army journalist and Polish Jew who escaped Europe during World War II, gathers clippings ("NYers eat badly, live longer," "LIRR Man Conducts Himself Honestly") and lays them out on pages before sending them to a printer in Chinatown.
In a city mediascape often consumed in grim tabloid headlines, scandal and snark, Kraus' paper offers a refreshing respite and a nice dose of sincerity.
"It is better to light one candle than to rail against the darkness," Kraus told DNAinfo, quoting a Chinese proverb.
Watch the video interview below and for more, check out DNAinfo's wonderful article.
Correction: This article previously stated that New York Good News started in 1960. It started in 1962. It also incorrectly stated the age of Steve Kraus. He is 82.