Welcome to the Syracuse New Times’ 50th-anniversary celebration! This retrospective issue is something of a bittersweet triumph, however. Although we’ve made it this far (as you can tell by examining the many mastheads that have adorned the paper through the decades), this is the final free edition of The New Times.
The April 24, 2019, issue begins a new journey as a paid newspaper, right alongside The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and other bastions of journalism. But they don’t cover the Salt City beat, which is why the Syracuse New Times will remain your favorite local source for community journalism as Central New York’s news and arts weekly.
This keepsake edition travels down memory lane with articles, reprints, reminisces from key figures and plenty of photographs from the Syracuse New Times history. After all, founder Ken Simon’s tongue-in- cheek motto for the alternative newsweekly was “Fun to read, easy to hold.” So enjoy these blasts from the past, and if certain people, places and events were unable to get squeezed into these pages, we promise to get them in for the 75th-anniversary issue.