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Popular news sites Gothamist, DNAinfo shut down abruptly

November 2, 2017
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Two popular New York City news sites and their satellites in Chicago, San Francisco and elsewhere have been shut down a week after the New York staffs voted to unionize.

DNAinfo CEO Joe Ricketts said in a post on the site Thursday that the decision was due to business reasons. Ricketts said the company hadn't made enough progress to support the "tremendous effort and expense" needed to keep the company running.

Ricketts bought Gothamist earlier this year. Unlike DNAinfo, which was more straight, shoe-leather news, Gothamist offered quirky takes on New York City life, from news to restaurant reviews to to-do guides.

It had a lively comments section and sister sites such as SFist in San Francisco, Chicagoist and LAist in Los Angeles.



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