The New York Sun

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The New York Sun was a contemporary five-day daily newspaper published in New York City from 2002 until 2008. It continues as an online newspaper. When it debuted on 2002-04-16, it became "the first general interest broadsheet newspaper to be launched in New York in two generations." The newspaper's president and editor-in-chief was Seth Lipsky, former editor of The Forward; its managing editor (and a company vice president) was Ira Stoll. One goal, said Lipsky, was "to seize the local beat from which the New York Times was retreating as it sought to become a national newspaper."[1]

The paper's motto, displayed on its masthead and website, was "It Shines For All." This motto is also the name of a blog that was part of the Sun's online presence along with its official website.

An earlier newspaper in New York also named The Sun began publication in 1833 and merged with the New York World-Telegram in 1950. Other than their shared name, motto and masthead, there was no connection between the current Sun and its namesake (except that when the current paper launched, it carried the solution to the last crossword puzzle of the earlier paper). The earlier Sun was housed at the corners of Broadway and Chambers Streets (where a clock still bears the name) but the 2002-2008 paper published from The Cary Building at Church and Chambers.

In a letter to readers published on the front page of the 2008-09-04 edition, Lipsky announced that the paper would "cease publication at the end of September unless we succeed in our efforts to find additional financial backing."[2][3] The paper published its last edition on 2008-09-30,[4] amidst a historic week of financial losses in the American economy.



The New York Sun was well known for its learned and serious arts coverage, which included such critics as Adam Kirsch on literature, Jay Nordlinger on classical music, Joel Lobenthal on dance, Lance Esplund, Maureen Mullarkey, and David Cohen on art, Francis Morrone on art and architecture, Otto Penzler on mystery writing, Eric Ormsby on poetry, Carl Rollyson on biography, Amanda Gordon as society editor and Will Friedwald on jazz. The Sun also received critical praise for its sports section, whose writers included Steven Goldman, Thomas Hauser, Sean Lahman, Tim Marchman, and John Hollinger. Its crossword puzzle, edited by Peter Gordon, has been called one of the two best in the United States.[5] It also published the first regular wine column in a New York newspaper, "Along the Wine Trail," written by G. Selmer Fougner.[6]

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