On August 24, NY Press published its last issue. After 23 years—occupying for many of them the role of scrappy underdog to the Village Voice’s alt-weekly heavyweight status—it was announced by owners Manhattan Media that the Press would "merge with" Our Town Downtown, a Thornton Wilder fanzine available at East Village senior centers. It was with no small amount of pleasure that we read the Press’s obituary, as it was but a mere eight years ago that staffers from The L Magazine fought staffers from the Press in a four-bout boxing card at Gleason’s Gym. The reasons for the bloodletting are now murky: insults were hurled at mothers, challenges were made—they even called us "gay." Happily, we won three of four fights (spilling much of their blood and none of ours) and the fourth was a draw between then-Press EIC Jeff Koyen and then-L Mag EIC Scott Stedman (pictured above). Reading the following from Koyen (who’s done well for himself since, as a travel writer), written during the height of the exchange, was particularly satisfying.
"Though an unfortunate coincidence, that dreadful lil’ L Magazine is distributed through boxes of the same size, shape and color as our new darling [Sports Express]. [Don’t worry,] we’ve put aside a few bucks to buy The L’s boxes once they run through their start-up cash."