New York Press began as an alternative weekly newspaper in 1988. Founded by Russ Smith, the paper was known for its independence, opinionated writing and underground sentiment. In its heyday, New York Press competed head on with The Village Voice for readers and advertisers. Russ Smith sold the paper to Avalon Equity in 2002 which ran it until 2007 when Manhattan Media acquired it. Under Manhattan Media’s leadership, the sex content – including personal ads — was cleaned up and political and arts coverage was emphasized. As the “alternative weekly” genre lost ground across the country, Manhattan Media closed the print edition and replaced it with the weekly newspaper Our Town Downtown. Manhattan Media converted the NY Press brand to online only, emphasizing strong independent coverage and political insights.
Straus News purchased NY Press.com along with the newspapers Our Town, The West Side Spirit, Our Town Downtown, The Chelsea Clinton News and The Westsider in February 2013. Today NY Press.com is a key destination for Manhattanites hungry for hyper local news, award winning reporting and neighborhood information.
Our Town, founded by Ed Kayatt in 1970, is today the largest community weekly newspaper on Manhattan’s East Side. The West Side Spirit is the largest circulation local newspaper on the Upper West Side. The Westsider is a paid community newspaper that covers the area between 59th and 125th Streets on the West Side. The Chelsea Clinton News began operation in 1939 and today covers the area bounded by 14th Street to the south and 59th Street to the north, between Fifth Avenue and the Hudson River. Our Town Downtown covers the downtown part of Manhattan.
Straus News publishes 14 local weekly newspapers and websites in Manhattan and in contiguous towns along the New York-New Jersey-Pennsylvania border.