The two free weekly tabloids serving New York City are now one.
Schneps Media, publisher of amNewYork, acquired the assets of Metro New York and Metro Philadelphia, including the popular daily newspapers, websites, and digital media businesses serving New York City and Philadelphia.
As a result, Schneps Media has merged amNewYork and Metro New York to form amNewYork Metro. With 175,000 copies sent to press for Monday’s issues, its circulation is now more than twice than that of any other major daily circulated in the five boroughs.
In addition, Schneps adds more than 350,000 in weekly circulation with its community newspapers serving Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, and the Bronx. Schneps Media also covers the Long Island and Westchester markets.
Schneps’ combined digital reach will now grow to about 3.5 million unique visitors and 5.5 million page views per month with over 300,000 email newsletter subscribers and 500,000 social media followers.
Schneps plans to retain amNY.com as the digital brand for New York and will soon be launching amNY TV providing episodes of content across multiple digital platforms. The first series will be The World’s Fare featuring the best authentic international restaurants and their chefs in New York City.
Philadelphia is a new market for Schneps Media with METRO having the largest circulation in Philadelphia County.
Schneps Media executive Cliff Luster has been named Group Publisher for the New York and Philadelphia markets with former METRO executives Ed Abrams and Susan Pfeiffer acting as Publishers and Associate Publisher for New York City and Philadelphia respectively. Robert Pozarycki, amNewYork‘s current Editor in Chief, will serve in the same role for the combined New York City media.
METRO largely consolidated their Philadelphia newsroom into New York and Schneps Media plans to focus on hiring editorial staff that will be based in the local Philadelphia market for that office.
“I’m very happy that the readers and communities of New York and Philadelphia will get their news from publishers that have been devoted to local news coverage for over 35 years,” said Abrams. “I’m excited to be joining and leading the amNewYork METRO division with a company I competed with and also respected for many years.”
“This is an exciting next step for our entire organization offering a unique opportunity to strengthen our position in the daily newspaper market and increase our readership to over 2.5 million readers in print each week and many more online,” said Schneps Media CEO Joshua Schneps.
“Our expansion to the Philadelphia market is something we look forward to. We will be bringing our business model to this historic City,” said Schneps Media Founder and President Victoria Schneps. METRO Philadelphia is poised to grow tremendously and we look forward to working with the local community.”
Schneps Media is now the publisher and producer of two leading daily newspapers, 33 award-winning community newspapers, 28 magazines and specialty publications, 20 websites and more than 50 annual events throughout New York City, Long Island, Westchester and now Philadelphia.
Editor’s note: Schneps Media is the parent company of the Long Island Press.