Friday, May 05, 2006
Once on the fringes, the alternative weekly has become an institution. Between its pages are investigative reports; close coverage of the cultural avant-garde; and sharp commentary. The granddaddy of alt-weeklies is The Village Voice, which for 50 years has proffered its downtown view to New Yorkers and the world. Last November, The Voice was acquired by the New Times chain of alt-weeklies. Bob reports on the ensuing turmoil that raises questions about the future of the form.