The New York Daily News is back on this side of the Hudson. The newspaper’s downtown office at 4 New York Plaza was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy and has been uninhabitable ever since. The lobby was flooded with water, the offices lost power and the building sustained significant damage to its infrastructure.
Since Sandy, the paper had been operating out of a makeshift newsroom at the News’ commercial printing facility in Jersey City in less than luxurious conditions—editorial staffers were divided between windowless rooms and a cafeteria where they sat on metal folding chairs and used cafeteria tables in lieu of desks.
News publisher Mort Zuckerman said that it would take between nine months and a year to repair the building, while News president Bill Holiber reassured staff that they were attempting to find temporary office space and hoped to have it secured by late January.
Considering it is only the first week in February, Mr. Holiber is just about on time.
The temporary News HQ is at 1290 Sixth Avenue, between 51st and 52nd Streets, just down the street from the Post. While the marble lobby is being redone, the floor is covered in construction paper and tape, and sections of the entrance are cordoned off with temporary barriers. The editorial staff is now based on the 11th Floor. A Daily News source tells OTR that the word is they’ll be in the new digs for one or two months before returning to the seaport, although they reportedly signed a six month lease. In any case staffers are glad to be back in the city they cover. It’s certainly more convenient.