C H E L S E A N O W N E W S P A P E R
Chelsea Now launched in fall 2006, providing coverage for Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen, the Meat-Packing District and surrounding Manhattan neighborhoods. During my tenure as Editor (2006–2008), I oversaw one staff reporter and a rotating roster of 40 freelancers and interns, driving coverage on illegal hotels, NYPD civil-rights violations, inmate-education programs, affordable housing and gentrification, pedestrian safety, restaurant labor violations, early development of the Highline, and LBGT issues. We also focused on arts and culture, along with area nonprofits providing essential services for all New Yorkers. We won two New York Press Association awards and were frequently cited by The New York Times Metro section. Below is a small sample of my editorial work.
While Chelsea Now’s publisher dictated the name and overall design of the paper, I worked within these constraints as creatively as I could, using vivid photography to create high-impact, visually appealing covers to attract readers to our newsboxes.
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We received New York Press Association awards for in-depth reporting, stemming from two of the multi-part series we did on an array of issues. Here’s one example of a series installment. (See others in the Covers gallery above.)
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Before the term “citizen journalist” gained currency, Chelsea Now opened our pages to guest columnists and area artists to showcase new perspectives and creative work, lending depth and variety to the paper. Here’s a photo spread by veteran photographer Linda Troeller, who lived in and documented the renowned Hotel Chelsea.