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Local News Sites

by Gotham Gazette Staff, Mar 14, 2012
 

A.M. New York
Launched in 2003, A.M. New York is one of the dailies given out for free at subway stations and other places where commuters congregate. It is owned by the Tribune Company, which also owns Newsday, and therein lies confusion: The corporation has started packaging all NYC-related articles on the AMNY Web site, even when the articles are by Newsday staffers and published in the Newsday print edition. But those articles also still appear on the Newsday Web site as well.

Amsterdam News
A weekly newspaper founded in 1909 in Harlem focusing on the African-American community.

Bronx News
Billing itself as the Bronx's "independent voice," this website has news categories for many of the neighborhoods in the Bronx, from Mott Point to Fordham. Their front page is busy, filled with stories, and tons of advertisements and classifieds.

Bronx Times Reporter
Local News from the Bronx with custom views for Throgg's Neck and Morris Park.

Brooklyn Papers
Three weekly papers, one covering Downtown Brooklyn, another Park Slope, the third Bay Ridge and Bensonhurst. They specialize, they say, "in covering the hip, hot, literary areas of Brooklyn." The papers are available online only in pdf format.

Chelsea Now
A weekly launched at the end of September, 2006, it is published by Community Media LLC, which also puts out The Villager, Downtown Express, Gay City News, and NYC Plus.

City Journal
A quarterly magazine of urban affairs, published by The Manhattan Institute, City Journal was "an idea factory" for former Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Nowhere in its "about us" page is the word "conservative."

Crain's New York Business
Founded in 1985, this weekly tabloid-size magazine focuses on New York business. Most of the articles online are only available to subscribers.

Daily News
Founded in 1919, the Daily News was the first American tabloid newspaper, which described not just the shape of the newspaper, but its style of news -- crime, scandal and sex, but also a focus on the working man, following its motto (carved into its landmark building, which it now no longer occupies) "God must love the common man -- he made so many of them." Always New York-centric, its most famous headline -- "Ford To City: Drop Dead" -- is said to have cost Gerald Ford the Presidency. Now owned by Mort Zuckerman, the Daily News keeps its focus on local and neighborhood news.

Downtown Express
Lower Manhattan community weekly.

Ethnic, non-English and Immigrant Press
For links to some three dozen New York City newspapers in languages other than English -- including, most popularly, Chinese and Spanish -- see this page from Gotham Gazette's section on immigrants.

Gay City News
Gay City News bills itself as "the newspaper serving Gay and Lesbian NYC".

Highbridge Horizon
The Highbridge Horizon is a monthly bilingual community advocacy newspaper produced by and for the residents of Highbridge Bronx.

Hunts Point Express
Produced by students at Hunter College, and edited by Bernard Stein, who is the Pulitzer-Prize winning publisher of the Riverdale Press, the Hunts Point Express, launched in 2006, covers the Hunts Point and Longwood neighborhoods of the Bronx.

Inner City Press
Inner City Press, headquartered in the South Bronx of New York City, engages in investigations and journalism regarding human rights, transparency, corporate accountability, community reinvestment, predatory lending, environmental justice, fair housing, social exclusion and related topics.

Legislative Gazette
The Legislative Gazette is the weekly insider's newspaper for the state government, founded in 1978 and put together by student interns as part of the State University of New York. Its Web site is useful for keeping track of the news that might fly under the radar screen of the mainstream press.

NBC New York
This local NBC outlet covers everything from news to sports to weather.

New York Construction News
Published by McGraw Hill Construction, this is a news site for the local construction industry, with sections for building, infrastructure, design, and downtown redevelopment news. Recent features discuss the green Solaire high-rise at Battery Park City, a new green building being developed by the Durst Organization, and how legislation has made environmentally-friendly building more attractive.

New York Post
The oldest continuously published newspaper in the United States, the New York Post is a very different publication than the one Alexander Hamilton founded in 1801. Though Rupert Murdoch turned it into a gossip and scandal sheet, its reporters still occasionally unearth solid local news stories that nobody else has. (Somebody should tell them, though, to redesign their homepage.)

New York Sun
Launched in 2002, this weekday newspaper promotes itself as the conservative alternative to The New York Times. Most of its articles are available in full online only to its subscribers.

New York Times
Often called the best newspaper in America, the New York Times has made a point not just of offering its articles online, but also creating content, such as interactive illustrations, specific to the Web. Since the mid-1990s, management has declared its aim to be a national newspaper, taking focus away from local coverage.

New Yorker, The
A weekly magazine launched in 1925 that is known for its literate journalism, humor, fiction and criticism. The percentage of articles about New York City is small -- and they are often the very stories that are not available online.

Newsday
The Long Island newspaper that had a separate New York City edition until it was abruptly killed in 1995, Newsday is making an effort to include city news again, which is most noticeable on its Web site.

Norwood News
Bi-weekly community newspaper serving the northwest Bronx communities of Norwood, Bedford Park and Fordham Bedford. Founded in 1988 by Mosholu Preservation Corporation.

NY Wired
This site links to news stories from sources across the state from the Buffalo News to the New York Times to the Gloversville Leader, sorted by "channel". Channels include social services, buget & taxes, editorial, health care and transportation. Useful yes, but don't expect them to make it pretty.

Queens Courier
Borough-wide community weekly.

Queens Courier
Another weekly Queens newspaper.

Queens Tribune
Borough-wide community weekly.

Riverdale Press
The only neighborhood weekly in New York City to win a Pulitzer Prize, this family-owned newspaper covers communities in the Northwest Bronx.

Staten Island Advance
Daily paper with City-wide and local Staten Island news.

The Chief
The Chief, the weekly newspaper covering municipal government and public employee unions, is now online. It covers city politics with an eye on labor issues, going into more depth than the mainstream papers on events like contract negotiations.

The Indypendent
The newspaper of the New York City Independent Media Center, it was founded in the year 2000. An all-volunteer collective writes, distributes, and designs the paper, which comes out every three weeks. Coverage in the paper includes local, national, and international news and analysis, coming from a strong left-wing perspective.

Time Out New York
A weekly magazine that calls itself "the obsessive guide to impulsive entertainment," most of its content is not available online until weeks later, if at all. But its occasional features about the city are not only hip, they are also informed.

Transportation Alternatives Street Beat
Transportation Alternatives encourages New Yorkers to take up bicycling, walking, and public transportation instead of driving. Its bi-monthly newsletter gives marching orders to potential activists who want to do things like lobby their councilmembers about bike licensing legislation, or let the Department of City Planning know how dangerous it is to cross Delancey Street.

TribecaTrib Online
The Tribeca Trib is an award-winning monthly community newspaper covering Lower Manhattan, including Tribeca, Battery Park City, the Financial District and the Seaport/Civic Center area.

Villager, The
Greenwich Village community weekly.

West Bronx News Network
This site combines news from three Bronx publications -- the Norwood News, Highbridge Horizon and the new Mount Hope Monitor, with the intention of filling a gap left by the lack of local coverage of the area in other publications. Content is available in both English and Spanish.


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