A year after Sandy, ‘Daily News’ is moving back to 4 New York Plaza

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Six feet of water outside Daily News headquarters during Sandy. ()
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Almost a year to the day after they were flooded out of their Financial District headquarters, employees of the Daily News are starting to return to their offices at 4 New York Plaza.

The News was displaced by extensive flooding from Superstorm Sandy this same week last year. Since then, employees have worked out of various temporary offices, first in Jersey City and then in Midtown, as well as remotely.

Business-side staffers are scheduled to move back to the permanent headquarters as of 4 p.m. this afternoon, according to an internal memo obtained by Capital. Features and the editorial page will move back at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6, and the remainder of the newsroom will return the following morning.

New York-based employees of the News' sister title, U.S. News & World Report, are scheduled to move back next Wednesday afternoon.

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The homecoming has been anticipated since April, when News staff was informed that their 4 New York Plaza digs would be inhabitable sometime this fall.

"As stated previously, Daily News/U.S. News contracted for environmental testing at 4 NYP," the memo reads. "This was done even after having received 'clean bill of health' reports from environmental specialists contracted by the building. All of these reports state that there are no health or safety issues associated with returning to and working at 4 NYP."