The Ghosts of Newspapers Past: 15 Former Locations of NYC Newspaper Headquarters

With New York’s newspaper industry ever changing, over the years many papers have started, merged, and closed.  And while Gotham’s newspaper graveyard is full of fallen titles, there are still many ghosts of the City’s newspaper past which exist today.

Some of these vestiges of past papers are conspicuous, others are hiding in plain sight, and a few can be found only if one knows where to look.

While New York’s most famous example of newspaper place-making is Times Square, many of the lost newspapers have also left their mark long after the final edition rolled off the presses.

1. New York Sun at Herald Square

Macy’s Herald Square, December, 2015

Given that it is Christmastime, we start appropriately enough with the New York Sun. The Sun is best remembered for its 1897 editorial “Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus,” written in response to a letter to the editor from 8-year old Virginia O’Hanlon. It has been called the most famous newspaper editorial ever, and because of it the Sun has an enduring connection to Christmas. Macy’s Herald Square flagship prominently features the Sun’s logo in its holiday displays.

“Is There a Santa Claus” (excerpt).  NY Sun, September 21, 1897

Incidentally, the editorial was published on September 21st, indicating that Virginia was already thinking about Christmas long before Santa’s expected arrival.

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4 Responses
  1. Not mentioning the New York Morning Telegraph was a big miss. That newspaper was a favorite of the Broadway and horse racing crowds. It helped give New York City a nickname, “the Big Apple.’

    A loss for your readers.

  2. Kiwiwriter Reply

    Sunday, December 7th, 1941…

    My father and his parents emerge from a Sunday afternoon movie matinee onto Times Square and see kids selling extra editions of the only New York Sunday afternoon paper, the “New York Enquirer,” which became the “National Enquirer,” blaring a headline, “Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.”

    My family didn’t believe it, because the “Enquirer”‘s main stories were of the “Man Bites Dog” variety. UFOs hadn’t been invented yet. They figured it was a hoax.

    Then they looked up at the Times Tower and saw the ribbon announcing the attack — and then they believed it.

    On July 13, 1977, Dad and I were in Times Square, walking home from an outdoor concert in Lincoln Center, when the great blackout hit…it was like someone pulled a plug on the whole place.

    Three generations, one square.

    • michelle young Reply

      The mention is there – in the section about One Times Square. But the Frank Gehry cafeteria does deserve a call out, in looking back!

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