NYC Community Media, a local newspaper publisher, lost its office on Canal street in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and is currently working from 1 MetroTech Center in Brooklyn. According to Crain’s NY Business, the publisher is using this experience to inspire a new website called NYCReconnects.com, aimed at helping lower Manhattan recover from the hurricane.
Jennifer Goodstein, Community Media’s newest owner, noted that the weekly newspaper, NYC Reconnects, will be published for at least a few months or “until people are back where they need to be.” There will be 30,000 copies printed of NYC Reconnects, which will be given out for free below 23rd street in apartment buildings and street boxes. the publisher puts out five papers focused on lower Manhattan and Chelsea, like The Villager and Downtown Express. Articles will center on how individuals have dealt with the effects of Sandy and the paper will give a guide about food, housing, and activities.
Community Media’s Canal Street office was flooded, leaving the basements offices and electrical system under five feet of water. The company has been working from Brooklyn since Monday, and employees expect to remain there for about six weeks.