Volume 19 Issue 52 | May 11 -17, 2007
9/11 changes the Express and the rest of Downtown
The Sept. 11 attack forever changed Lower Manhattan. The paper, originally a monthly, came out every two weeks in the years leading up to the attack.
John W. Sutter, the papers owner and publisher, quickly saw the desperate need for more information on issues such as air quality, street closures, school relocations, apartment building reopenings -- and expanded. On the Expresss scheduled offweeks after the attack, Downtown Express published combination issues with its sister weekly publication, The Villager, and distributed the special issues to any D.E. boxes and dropoff locations our distributor could get access to.
On Nov. 20, 2001, the paper changed permanently to a weekly.
The paper earned first place Community Service and Leadership awards from the National Newspaper Association and the New York Press Association for its expansion after the crisis. In subsequent years our coverage of the rebuilding efforts have earned first place NYPA awards for coverage of local government, editorials and a second place spot for in-depth coverage.