New York City’s long list of defunct newspapers

It’s hard to believe that in the 1890s, New York’s population of just a million and a half residents supported 19 daily English-language newspapers—along with scores of weeklies and foreign dailies.


These papers were an illustrious bunch. There was the anti-immigrant New York Herald; publisher James Gordon Bennett Jr., reportedly said that a newspaper’s role is “not to instruct but to startle.”

The New York World, published by Joseph Pulitzer, was hugely popular with working class residents. It was known for stunt journalism—as well as printing its Sunday supplement in color.

The dead newspaper list also includes the New York Sun, the New York Journal American, the New York Mirror, and the often-lamented Brooklyn Eagle.

Many were headquartered around City Hall, then nicknamed Newspaper Row. This thermometer/clock affixed to the old New York Sun building down on Chambers Street doesn’t work, but it’s a nice remnant of the neighborhood’s past.

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6 Responses to “New York City’s long list of defunct newspapers”

  1. Jill Says:

    I have a clip from an 1898 newspaper called The New York Herald that I got for a few bucks, framed, in an antique store somewhere. It’s a cartoon called The Strange Adventures of Jonny Dinglebell. I’ve not been able to find out anything about it.

  2. mykola (mick) dementiuk Says:

    Found this:

  3. petey Says:

    wiki has this selection:

  4. Kevin Egan Says:

    I miss the Herald-Tribune

  5. Is it News, or Is it Clutter? | Park Slope Stoop Says:

    […] Post and another the Daily News, with its own curious content. And yes, seven is less than the nineteen dailies Gotham once boasted. But newspapers still exist in New York, no mean […]

  6. Ed O’Shaughnessy Says:

    A 1909 book titled Pennsylvania and Its Public Men by Samuel Hudson, found online, discusses a 19th Century NY newspaper owned and edited by ‘Professor’ Mezeroff. Hudson tells the story of how ‘the Emancipator’ was used by the NY Republican Campaign Committee to target Irish voters during the election of 1888. Outside of this source I can find no references to this, alleged, Brooklyn newspaper. Can anyone provide me direction? Ed

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