Friday, August 31, 2018

RIP Village Voice


[EVG photo from October]

Per Gothamist:

Three years after buying The Village Voice, and a year after the paper shut down its print edition, owner Peter Barbey told the remaining staff today that the publication will no longer be posting any new stories.

"Today is kind of a sucky day," Barbey told the staff...

Barbey said that half of the staff, which is around 15 to 20 people, will remain on to "wind things down," and work on a project to archive the Voice's material online.

A few reactions...











8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Fuck. This is hard news to swallow and it is truly the end to another era. I am crestfallen. Back in 2000, when I moved here to the city from LA, I read the Village Voice to find jobs, roommates, apartments, and the personals section(before the advent of dating apps and smartphones). I loved their film and theater reviews too. I never thought this day would come as the VV was such a staple to what NYC is and sadly now, was. Change is hard peeps. RIP VV :(

Donnie Moder said...

The Village Voice was my equivalent of surfing the internet before there was an internet.

Walter said...

What a loss!
I remember waiting on line at the newsstand on Sheridan Square for the truck to deliver the first bundles of the VV early Wednesday mornings. At that time, the Voice offices were in the West Village, so Sheridan Square was the first place to get it around 1 or 2 AM. Anyone looking for an apartment or job would line up to get an early copy. It was THE alternative newspaper with terrific writers like Nat Hentoff, Wayne Barrett, Jill Johnston, Robert Christgau, just to name a few.
Thanks for the memories, Village Voice.

DrBOP said...

Paper hasn't been all that for quite awhile....
wonder where Musto will be heard/seen/consumed?

sophocles said...

The Village Voice had it's day, long gone. It's hard to imagine now, but the Voice was once necessary reading for those who wanted to stay informed about our great city. And we would actually pay for it.

cmarrtyy said...

The Voice was the voice of the post war baby boomer who didn't want to be their parents and sought an alternative to the American dream. The Voice challenged institutions and institutional thinking with an aggressive style of reporting that changed the relationship between the press and the establishment. It also raised the level of reporting for the News, the Post, the Mirror and the liberal press in general. And through their investigative reporting they made us a better country and firmly established the alternative American dream in political thought, gender identification, and the arts. Sad to say, the Voice died many years ago. The latest iteration from Wall Street(God Wall Stet) was a joke trading on a glorious history. This day is an act of mercy. The Voice is dead... Long live the Voice.

Scuba Diva said...

I'd like to know where Michael Musto and Lynn Yaeger are doing brunch these days.

Giovanni said...

We lost what was left of the old Village Voice long ago, and Gothamist hasn't been the same since some billionaire closed it down for 6 months. As long as some billionaire doesn't come around and buy EV Grieve, at least there’s one place in this city that wont be ruined by greed.