The Village Voice Closes After 63 Years

The Village Voice, America’s first alternative newsweekly, has closed after 63 years in publication. In 2015, the paper was bought by Peter D. Barbey who, after promising to keep it going, closed the print edition last August and shuttered the whole operation on Friday. Founded by Dan Wolf, Edwin Fancher and Norman Mailer in 1955, The Village Voice became an icon of New York publishing, giving rise to Pulitzer Prize-winning writers Hilton Als and Colson Whitehead among others. “The Voice has been a key element of New York City journalism and is read around the world,” said Barbey in a statement on Friday. “As the first modern alternative newspaper, it literally defined a new genre of publishing.”