New York City is a big place, and for locals and visitors who want to stay up-to-date on all of its news, arts, culture, nightlife, sports, trends, and other happenings, there's just no substitute to thumbing through a local newspaper or magazine. Check out the pages of these essential NYC-centric newspapers and magazines on your next subway ride or lazy Sunday morning reading in bed, and you're sure to be in-the-know on all the latest talk in town.
New York City Newspapers
- The New York Times: This prestigious national daily newspaper, dating back to 1851, is known for its comprehensive hard-hitting international and national reporting (aka "all the news that's fit to print"), but also hones in on local level reporting in its New York City hometown. Read up on daily New York City news, as well as through special weekly supplements highlighting NYC events, arts, dance, music, and theater. In addition, the newspaper maintains special interest, national audience sections devoted to editorials/op-ed, business, technology, science, health, sports, style, food, travel, and real estate. The Sunday issue of The New York Times also features the popular The New York Times Magazine insert.
- The Wall Street Journal: This well-reputed and widely circulated national daily is a leading source for global and financial news, with a heavy emphasis placed on coverage pertaining to politics and world financial markets (including New York's own Wall Street). In more recent times, The Wall Street Journal has expanded to include more robust arts, lifestyle, and real estate coverage, too. New Yorkers can look to special coverage dedicated to greater New York, as well, including topics like local news, sports, culture, and real estate.
- New York Daily News: Another longtime NYC paper (it dates back to 1919), this big-circulation daily is known for its tabloid format and sensational coverage. While the Daily News does allot coverage to international and national news, New Yorkers especially appreciate the heavy-on-NYC news coverage of "New York's hometown newspaper," including local sports. Look, too, for broader special interest sections featuring entertainment (including local theater), lifestyle, automobiles, opinion pieces, and even horoscopes.
- New York Post: America's oldest continuously published newspaper (it was founded in 1801 by Alexander Hamilton), the Rupert Murdoch-owned New York Post is famous for its sensational tabloid reporting and shock-factor covers. Expect a good amount of NYC metro reporting, on top of the national and international news. The paper also maintains its popular Page Six gossip column, as well as sections dedicated to sports, business, opinion, entertainment, fashion, lifestyle, media, technology, and real estate in New York and beyond.
- AMNewYork: This free daily newspaper is widely distributed throughout the city's most high-traffic pedestrian and commuter areas, via sidewalk boxes or hawkers. AMNewYork's popularity has risen over the last decade due to three main factors: widespread availability, the fact that it's free, and its philosophy of brevity. The much shorter newspaper is easy to digest, with sections dedicated to local news, sports, transit, real estate, food and drink, and lifestyle, as well as broader national coverage of entertainment, fashion, and more. Look for of-interest-for-locals special sections, too, like Secrets of New York, "the ultimate insider's guide to the best-kept secrets of NYC's must-see places and buzzed-about people."
- Metro New York: Similar in distribution model and content concept to AMNewYork, this free daily weekday newspaper is circulated with the 20-minute-read morning commuter in mind. Metro New York is the local version of the larger global Metro newspaper network, which is published in 100-plus cities across Europe, North and South America, and Asia. Flip through it for international and national news bites, as well as NYC news and sports, and locally focused features on things to do, events, and real estate.
- New York Observer: A weekly paper (published every Wednesday), the Manhattan-based New York Observer touches on news (including New York news and politics), arts, entertainment, style, and design. Stylistically, the Observer stands out, with its salmon-colored pages and plenty of sketch illustrations; it's also gained fame as being the newspaper which published Candace Bushnell's real-life column on Manhattan social life, on which Sex and the City was based.
- The Village Voice: This beloved free alternative newsweekly has been a favorite of New Yorkers since it first debuted in 1955, thanks to its passionate journalism and no-holds-barred reporting on local news, current affairs, and pop culture. Look out for long-form news reporting, as well as special NYC-specific sections covering topics like the MTA, NYPD, and the LGBT community. There's also generous reporting on the local music scene, food and drink, and more NYC arts and culture. Their annual "Best of NYC" edition is rife with top picks on everything that NYC has to offer, from restaurants to theater and beyond. Plus, The Village Voice's website also maintains a robust events calendar of things going on around the city.
New York City Magazines
- New York Magazine: This definitive guide to all things New York comes out twice monthly with sections dedicated to New York City news, entertainment, lifestyle, fashion, art, food, and local personalities. Plus, look out for guides for New York shopping, dining, nightlife, theater, events, and more. The magazine also puts out an annual "Best of New York" issue, highlighting the very best of NYC nightlife, dining, shopping, and more. In addition, New York Magazine publishes broader-scope, nationally significant features on politics and culture, for those still curious about the world outside of NYC's borders.
- Time Out NY: This free weekly magazine comes out every Wednesday to the delight of New Yorkers looking to fill up their leisure-time calendars with all of the latest and greatest goings-on in the city. Time Out puts out versions of its magazine in more than 100 cities around the globe, and their local NYC version touches on all of the brand's signature notes: everything you need to know about food, attractions, art, culture, shopping, nightlife, and special events. Consider it the bible of NYC entertainment.
- The New Yorker: The New Yorker's prestigious weekly magazine coverage extends far beyond New York City, with generous reporting and commentary on current events, politics, profiles, popular culture, science, technology, and the arts, which are of interest to a national audience. Add to that a splash of fiction, poetry, humor, and of course, the magazine's famous cartoons, for an altogether winning recipe. But true to its name, The New Yorker (published by Condé Nast) is of especially great interest to New Yorkers; their Goings On About Town listings, for one, offers an excellent staff-curated guide to current NYC culture.
- Gotham Magazine: This glossy mag has made a mission out of highlighting the most upscale of NYC lifestyles, via its sophisticated pages filled with content dedicated to the city's high society and finest offerings. Sections highlight high-end, NYC-specific fashion, philanthropy, arts, culture, real estate, cuisine, celebrity, entertainment, and beauty. Gotham Magazine is a sister title of the magazine Hamptons; look for it at select high-end locations through Manhattan (like at the Gucci store or the Harvard Club); it's published eight times a year.
- PAPER: This monthly NYC-based indie magazine covers fashion, pop culture, nightlife, music, art, and film, with a special emphasis on the local NYC scene. Turn to it for advice on where to eat, play, and shop in style. The magazine has made headlines in the past for its celebrity covers, including nude photos featuring the likes of Miley Cyrus and Kim Kardashian (Kardashian's cover, for instance, famously set out to "break the internet").
- WHERE New York: WHERE travel publications can be found in more than 100 cities worldwide, and New York is no exception. Geared toward visitors to the city, you'll find copies of this glossy mag in plenty of hotels and tourist-geared businesses. Pick one up for lots of great tips from locally based editors on NYC's current dining, shopping, lodging, and art scenes, with plenty of insider's tips for attractions and entertainment, too.
- IN New York: Sister publication to WHERE New York, IN New York is yet another monthly publication geared toward the (more affluent) NYC visitor. Look out for higher-end recommendations for the city's best upscale restaurants, entertainment options, shopping, museums, galleries, spas, and more. Plus, a NYC events calendar and comprehensive city maps, too. You'll find IN New York at finer NYC hotels.
- City Guide NY: Another resource geared toward travelers to the city, City Guide has been a go-to resource for NYC attractions, entertainment, activities, dining, shopping, and more, for more than 30 years. Look out for handy maps and useful tips, too.
NY Arts Magazine: For over two decades, art lovers have turned to NY Arts Magazine to keep up with all of the major contemporary art events, rising artist profiles, and art world trends, as reflected in New York City's arts scene. Read up on art galleries, shows, artists, and peruse images, too, via the magazine's artsy pages.