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Friday, October 31, 2014

A proud tradition of community journalism

The Riverdale Press, a nationally known award-winning community newspaper, serves one of New York City’s most interesting and affluent communities. The Press provides comprehensive coverage of the Northwest Bronx, including Riverdale, Kingsbridge, Kingsbridge Heights, Marble Hill, Spuyten Duyvil, and Van Cortlandt Village. Each week it reaches 10,000 families with hard-hitting reporting, lively features, action-packed photographs, and crusading editorials.

The paper is written for and about the people who live in these Bronx communities. It brings them news they otherwise couldn’t get at all, or could learn only on the grapevine. And it offers advertisers a way to reach Bronxites where they live, in a newspaper they depend on and trust.

The Press reports news that residents need to know to make their lives better—news about schools, crime, parks, housing, hospitals, transportation, and politics. It carries stories every week about events and organizations that binds communities together, from the Boy Scouts to church suppers to civic associations. And it includes guides to entertainment, shopping, and eating out.

In 1989, the paper became world famous when its office was firebombed, apparently in retaliation for an editorial defending the right to read Salman Rushdie’s controversial novel The Satanic Verses. For their courage in continuing to publish without missing an issue, the Steins , former owners of The Riverdale Press, were given the prestigious First Amendment Award of the Society of Professional Journalist. Later in 1998, Bernard Stein was awarded the Pultizer Prize for his editorials.

In 2008 The Riverdale Press was bought by another award-winning group of newspapers, The Long Island Herald, owned by Clifford and Stuart Richner.

   

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