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Power Plays: A Walk Through Midtown’s Journalism History
June 25, 2022 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm$20 – $30
Hear all about how Gotham became America’s great newspaper city on the Deadline Club’s walking tour of midtown New York’s legendary journalistic past and present with guide Michael Morgenthal. After coming of age in downtown Manhattan, Gotham’s newspaper industry spread uptown in the late 19th century. First the New York Herald moved to 35th Street and 6th Avenue, then The New York Times’ decamped to 42nd Street and Broadway in 1904, mirroring the city’s march north. We’ll see it all.
Michael will take us on a fascinating journey through our industry’s evolution amid tumultuous mergers, strikes, tabloid wars and closures, culminating in NYC’s status today as the last American city with four dailies. We will chronicle the highs and lows on foot, from print’s heyday to battling the rise of broadcast media and so-called “white flight” to the suburbs.
Stops will include Herald Square, Bryant Park, the past and current homes of The New York Times, the location of the New York Herald Tribune, The Algonquin Hotel, and the New York Daily News Building. Along the way, we may highlight some of NYC’s legendary journalism names, such as Horace Greeley, Joseph Pulitzer, William Randolph Hearst, James Gordon, Adolph Ochs, the Sulzbergers, Tom Wolf, Gloria Steinem, Jimmy Breslin, Liz Smith, Maureen Dowd, Red Smith, William Cullen Bryant, Dorothy Parker, Pete Hamill, Anna Quindlen, Mike McAlary, Cindy Adams, and Mike Lupica.
We’ll also learn about how Longacre Square was renamed Times Square, the New Year’s Eve ball drop tradition, the zipper speeding around a former New York Times building, and how one New York City newspaper building is connected with Superman.
After the tour, we’ll gather at a local watering hole for food, drinks, and networking.
Meeting location will be provided by to registered attendees.
AT A GLANCE
What: Power Plays: A Walk Through Midtown’s Journalism History
When: Saturday, June 25, at 3:30 p.m. ET
Where: Meeting location shared privately with registered attendees.
Registration: $20 for members, $30 for nonmembers