Walking through newspaper history by Davy Drieghe
... On my way from the hotel to The New York Times I suddenly found myself on Herald Square. The square is named after the New York Herald, established in 1835 and originally headquartered there. The little park in the middle of the square is named Horace Greeley Square, after the New York Tribune publisher, the NY Heralds biggest competitor which was founded in 1841. The New York Herald obtained its rival the New York Tribune in 1924 and changed its name into New York Herald Tribune.
In 1966 the New York Herald Tribune closes down. The Paris branch, founded in 1887 under the name Paris Herald as an international outpost of the NY Herald, continues in joined ownership of New York Times and the Washington Post and is renamed the International Herald Tribune. In 2003 the New York Times takes over the Washington Post shares and becomes the sole owner of IHT. [As a countermove the Washington Post will join the Wall Street Journal in a loose partnership.]
Picture 1 to the right: New York Herald Building anno 1895, demolished in 1921 (photo: Wikipedia). Note the owls on the roof top; one remaining owl still can be found in the lobby of IHT in Paris.
Picture 2: Herald Square (photo: Davy Drieghe) , in the back “Macy’s”.
The New York Times itself used to be located on Times Square, famous for the annual New Years Eve countdown, and gave the square its current name. The NYT offices however moved almost 1 century ago to a less visible location on 43rd , a side street of Times Square. Later this year the NYT will move to a brand new and more visible office tower on the corner of 8th Avenue and Times Square, reclaiming its presence in New York.
Picture 3 to the right : NYT office on 43rd street.
Picture 4: New NYT building on 8th Avenue and Times Square, to be inaugurated in 2007.
Picture 5 to the right: Sunday edition NYT
(Pictures 2-5: Davy Drieghe)