Hello and welcome to Hell Gate. We are a website about New York City, named for the city's sturdiest bridge that sits between Randall's Island and Astoria, Queens.
We'll be publishing a mix of blog posts, features, columns, and investigations starting today.
The goal? To be trenchant, playful, outraged, irreverent, and useful to our readers; deeply skeptical of power but stubbornly idealistic. Never a chore to read.
In New York and around the country, we've seen publications sputter and blink out because investors wanted to squeeze more profit from journalism, or because a hedge fund saw less value in a functioning newsroom than its hollowed-out carcass, or because a billionaire owner simply ceased to be amused.
For now, you can enjoy our work for free. Sometime this summer, you'll have to buy a subscription. If there's a way to build sustainable journalism, we think it lies in a model like this one, where journalists answer only to our readers.