NY Daily News, Newsweek still without offices after Sandy

Commercial Observer
The New York Daily News may not return to its Lower Manhattan offices for a year, owner Mort Zuckerman told a conference called Masters of Real Estate. Al Barbarino reports Zuckerman said the offices, which also house U.S. News & World Report, “were just destroyed” during Hurricane Sandy.

The law firm Proskauer Rose — small world dept.: Proskauer Rose lawyer Bernard Plum represented New York Times management in its recent negotiations with the newsroom Guild — is housing the paper’s sales staff. Many of the paper’s Manhattan employees are working at the paper’s printing plant in New Jersey, “with a portion of its reporters also in its Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens bureaus,” Barbarino reports.

Newsweek’s staff, too, is working in borrowed digs as work continues in the basement of its West Side offices, spokesman Andrew Kirk tells Poynter in an email. The staff is working out of the Met Life building currently, he says. The footloose staff has nonetheless managed to put out a cover featuring an illustration of President Obama dressed like George Washington (or is it Napoleon?) ahead of its usual publishing schedule as well as an e-book by David Frum about Romney’s loss.

Immediately after Sandy struck, some Daily News staffers were working in the Associated Press’ New York offices, as were staffers from Digital First Media. The DFM people have been back in their Lower Manhattan digs since Wednesday morning and have enjoyed heat since Wednesday evening, an employee there tells me.

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