‘Daily News’ will return to Sandy-ravaged lower Manhattan headquarters this fall
Daily News employees got a firmer sense last week of when they can expect to return home.
Displaced from their 4 New York Plaza headquarters ever since Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc on the place in October, News staff were told on Friday to anticipate moving back "in the fall."
That timeline that comports with News owner Mort Zuckerman's comments last November that the paper could be out of pocket for "nine months to a year" from the time Sandy flooded it out of the Financial District.
In early February, the News struck a deal for a six-month lease on temporary office space at 1290 Sixth Avenue in Midtown. Prior to that, editors were working out of the News' Jersey City printing plant while reporters and writers filed copy remotely.
4 New York Plaza, where the News shares space with staff from sister publication U.S. News & World Report, has already reopened for business. But there are certain technological infrastructure issues that remain to be dealt with, hence the delay.
On the bright side, the News on Friday "received independent environmental reporting on 4 NYP indicating that there are no environmental issues at the building," according to a staff memo that was circulated late that afternoon.
You can read the full memo, which was obtained by Capital, below:
Questions have recently arisen as to when we anticipate moving back to 4 NYP. We do not have a definitive date but do anticipate that it will be sometime in the Fall. We will give you several weeks notice when a date has been determined so that you can properly plan for commutation options. Should you wish to collect any items from 4 NYP over the next couple of weeks, please contact John Petrizzo and he will make the appropriate arrangements for you to do so.
Today we received independent environmental reporting on 4 NYP indicating that there are no environmental issues at the building. We arranged for this independent test after receiving a similar report from the environmental consultant hired by the ownership of 4 NYP. The testing was extensive and was conducted over a full week, March 11 through March 18. Prior to our anticipated move back to 4 NYP, we will arrange for interested employees to be briefed by our environmental consultant in person.