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Curtain Call: NYC’s Iconic ‘Village Voice’ Shutting Down After 63 Years

Curtain Call: NYC’s Iconic ‘Village Voice’ Shutting Down After 63 Years

Curtain Call: NYC's Iconic 'Village Voice' Shutting Down After 63 Years

Curtain Call: NYC's Iconic 'Village Voice' Shutting Down After 63 Years

A historic home to New York’s sharpest pens and minds, Village Voice has ceased production.

The death blow to local journalism arrived yesterday morning with the announcement of Village Voice closing its doors less than a year following its transition to an all-digital platform.

According to a statement from publisher Peter Barbey, Village Voice had endured “the increasingly harsh economic realities facing those creating journalism and written media.” And though the alt-weekly was optimistic in the prospect of relief somewhere down the line, Barbey laments, “Where stability for our business is, we do not know yet. The only thing that is clear now is that we have not reached that destination.”

Throughout its 63 years, Village Voice published the works of generation-defining writers and critics, including, but not limited to James Baldwin, Alan Ginsberg, E.E. Cummings, Greg Tate, and Robert Christgau, as well as the illustrations of Linda Barry, Matt Groening, and longtime in-house cartoonist Jules Feiffer, who won a Pulitzer in 1986 for his editorial work.

Barbey insists, through its archives, Village Voice will continue a rare legacy. The remaining eight staffers are dedicated to the digitization and preservation of nearly seven decades of cerated critique and regional reporting.

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