About Us

THE CITY serves the people of New York through independent journalism that holds the powerful to account, deepens democratic participation, and helps make sense of the greatest city in the world.

THE CITY launched in April 2019 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan, digital news platform dedicated to hard-hitting reporting that serves the people of New York. We produce high-quality and high-impact accountability reporting. Our work is free to all and does not require a subscription. Instead of charging for access, we rely on the support of members, donors and sponsors.

When people have good information they can make good decisions…and good decisions lead to a better life. Independent local reporting is the critical link between the policies, spending and other actions of local government, the private sector and citizens.  

Without this reporting, accountability disappears, citizens disconnect, and democracy fails. THE CITY was founded to ensure that the critical link between government, journalism, and citizen needs is maintained and flourishes.

The consolidation of local media in New York City has impacted comprehensive, consistent reporting on local affairs in the nation’s largest city. As the city emerges from the pandemic, THE CITY’s reporting is crucial in ensuring the needs of everyday New Yorkers are heard, prioritized and met through effective policies and legislation.

Our diverse team of journalists are in all five boroughs, City Hall and Albany producing essential reporting and information — engaging with the city’s communities and holding the city’s leaders and institutions to account where they are failing to deliver.

THE CITY’s team:

THE CITY is also a resource and partner to other news organizations, collaborating to produce high-quality accountability reporting, and encouraging republication and reuse of our stories throughout the broader nonprofit and for-profit news media ecosystem.

THE CITY receives extraordinary support from lead founding donors the Charles H. Revson Foundation, Leon Levy Foundation and Craig Newmark Philanthropies and our distinguished Board of Directors.  We have raised additional funds from a stellar list of major donors and corporate sponsors and launched a very successful membership program composed of donors of up to $10,000.  THE CITY also benefits from the valuable advice offered by our Editors’ Council.

THE CITY’s editorial team is supported by a first-rate team of business and organization-focused colleagues who have established a world-class, technology-enabled media company foundation that propels and amplifies the impact of THE CITY’s work.

Have any questions about THE CITY?  Email us at info@thecity.nyc.