Monday, April 26, 2010

New York Magazine political columnist Chris Smith takes a look at the Wall Street Journal's first New York City edition, launching today.  He is joined by WNYC reporter Ilya Marritz, who is at the launch event.

→ We want your review of the new edition! Have you read today's WSJ Local? What do you think? Let us know!

Comments [17]

Justin from Washington Heights

I caught a typo in Gardner's column and a non-sequitur in the article about Matsui. And the angle about the rats on the UES was not good: the infographic they used made it very clear that Washington Heights and Inwood have more rats, but they focus on the UES because it's got the money. And this wasn't anyone's first edition; you know (or ought to have known) that these are all seasoned reporters and that the editor of the section ran the Sun for its brief run, and a Times-bashing blog before that.

Apr. 26 2010 10:11 PM
Eddie Rogers from Bedminster NJ

I read the WSJ Online, but almost exclusively for financial news, although I frequently read Terry Teachout, their theater reviewer. I checked out the new "Metro" section this morning and found that it didn't really add much to the New York journalistic scene. In the Sports section, there was a good piece on Javi Vazquez, the Yankee pitcher, which struck an interesting note. But I did not have the impression of a piece written by a Yankee beat writer; more of a national interest article. The jury is still out.

Apr. 26 2010 11:27 AM
ECN from Brooklyn, NY

Hi, I get the WSJ deliver M-S in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. I love the WSJ, great for to see a NY section. Greater New York sounds perfect. The best thing about the WSJ is it doesn't pretend to be fair and balance. So sick of reading the NYT because it try so hard to be neutral to a point where it has no opinion.

Apr. 26 2010 10:33 AM

is either paper covering the boycott arizona movement??

Apr. 26 2010 10:29 AM
Leon Wynter from Harlem-Yonkers

I don't have the text in front of me. But from the detailed description in the segment, it sounds like the new WSJ section has done what I thought was impossible: it's even more concentrated on the perceived interests of a certain class of whites in a very limited number of mostly Manhattan neighborhoods. Even the Harlem story, I bet, is more about the fears of it's new white residents.
NB-the story about the Brooklyn school that seems to exist in a geographic vacuum is in fact in a mostly white enclave.
Ironic, but not surprising, the guest commenting from New York mag would be hard pressed to defend his book on the same grounds.

Apr. 26 2010 10:28 AM

does anyone read newspapers anymore. how 20th century

Apr. 26 2010 10:27 AM
Gene from NYC

WSJ has a helpful, down-and-dirty, super-basic, living-in-new-york item on properly swiping one's metro card(!). I can't think of any other organ--maybe NYPress--that would print such an article. But I like it.

"Swipe It, Swipe It Good

"There are many skills required to find true happiness in New York City, and perhaps the most rudimentary is perfecting one's MetroCard swiping technique. . . ."

Apr. 26 2010 10:25 AM
JRB from NJ

Like a New York version of USA Today. Underwhelming.

Apr. 26 2010 10:24 AM
Jerry from Brooklyn

WSJ, New York magazine and the Styles section of the Times are all great for wrapping fish.

Apr. 26 2010 10:22 AM
sumukha from Short Hills, NJ

I love both and get the newspapers. married to a banker, he wants the regular financial news, and i personally like the Personal journal section in wsj. since their new section does not cover NJ, i am not really interested in this new section. will continue to read NYT from start to finish, and the WSJ selectively.

Apr. 26 2010 10:19 AM
Gene from NYC

Readers can get a good idea of the front page of the section online at WSJ:

Apr. 26 2010 10:19 AM
Homesick in Laredo

Can't get a WSJ here in Laredo TX much less a NYT but I gotta know: does the WSJ now have a crossword?

Apr. 26 2010 10:16 AM
Neil from Astoria

First up, I've not read the WSJ Metro section yet.

However it would take very little for me to switch from the print edition of the NY Times to the WSJ - as I simply don't feel the NY Times has enough local coverage. (How ironic for a paper of that name.) For NYC coverage, I have to go to the Daily News and NY Post websites. So IF there was more extensive local coverage, and IF I liked the style, then I would definitely switch.

Apr. 26 2010 10:12 AM

Reporters on the streets? Meeting non CEOs? How many months before the WSJ editorial page gets more liberal.

Apr. 26 2010 10:12 AM
Ken from Bronx

Where do I subscribe? Since moving to the Bronx from Manhattan two years ago, I can't get the Times to deliver a paper (it comes from a delivery point in Yonkers) to me.

Apr. 26 2010 10:11 AM
Jon from NYC

"Newspaper war"? Looks more like Rupert vying for a newspaper monopoly in NYC to me...

Apr. 26 2010 10:10 AM
Asia from Manhattan

The WSJ seems to be having an a mid-life identity crisis. Previously they were a strong business read. In the last several years their efforts to be more have weakened their core strength, and the overall product. If today's launch of the New York edition is their best effort, I don't think The New York Times need worry much. Why not return to what WSJ used to do well not too log ago?

Apr. 26 2010 09:29 AM

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