2009-10-30 / Front Page

Wave Honored As One Of Village Voice's 'Bests'

The Village Voice has named The Wave the "Best Neighborhood Paper" in New York City as part of its annual "The Best of NYC 2009" issue.

"Fate led us to The Wave of Long Island and we have lauded it ever since," says the paper. "There's as much happy-clappy stuff in The Wave as in any other neighborhood tab. But Rockaway is a fascinating place neglected by both the city and its media, and The Wave diligently reports its stories, from 'Shooting Incidents Rip Rockaway' to 'New Diner Management Hopes to Erase Nightmare Beginning.' The paper's stories on local politics also fascinate. The coverage of the area's numerous local homicides is exemplary - specifically The Wave's stories on the investigation that freed Kareem Bellamy after 14 years for a murder he didn't commit would do honor to any city paper."

"We searched high and low for what surprises, amuses and enamors us in this greatest town in America," said Village Voice editor Tony Ortega.

Wave publisher Susan Locke said that she was "honored" by the Voice's designation.

"We know that we cover all the news in Rockaway, but it is nice that our peers in Manhattan understand how difficult that is and appreciate the effort that goes into a community weekly," Locke said. "Many of our colleagues are all happy-clappy, but we attempt to be as much a newspaper as the New York Times."

"It is amazing to me that the editors at the Village Voice even know that The Wave exists, not to mention that it was a good newspaper," said Wave managing editor Howard Schwach. "Everybody worked hard on the Bellamy story and we were the only newspaper that interviewed all the major players in depth. But, why shouldn't we? It happened in Rock - away and that makes it our story."

The Village Voice also singled out columnist Stu Mirsky for praise.

"Rockaway Irregular conservative columnist Stuart M. Mirsky makes more sense than David Brooks and Ross Douthat put together," the Voice said.

It also singled out the Bag of Mail pages, which it called "sublime."

And, the Village Voice added, "It's only 35 cents for a paper copy."

SO, WHAT'S THE STORY?

Have a news tip or story for us? Need exposure for a community-based or - gan ization? Just give The Wave a call at 718-634-4000. The Wave covers the entire Rock away Peninsula and Broad Chan nel.

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