When Hell Gate launched a month ago, we pitched it as a trial run. We wanted to find out if there would be interest in a worker-owned news outlet that would cover New York City's politics and culture through an adversarial and playful lens. Now that Hell Gate has concluded our first month of operations, we're taking stock of what we've done, (andwith apologies to the Harper's Index), crunching some numbers:
64: Number of articles published by Hell Gate to date, a number deemed by observers as both "too few" and "unsustainable"
6: Amount in dollars Hell Gate will soon charge for monthly subscriptions (let us know how that sounds?)
1: City in the world, baby! Numbah one, New York City, let's gooooo!
As you can tell from the math up above, this all adds up to a successful first month for Hell Gate…so we're going to keep going!
Over the next few weeks, we'll be making some exciting announcements, including about our new website platform, a paywall (don't worry, it'll be great), and how we're going to operate as a worker-owned media company. Emboldened by the outpouring of support, we're convinced that Hell Gate is on the right track, and that we can be the digital alt-mag you've always dreamed of.
We'll keep you updated, but please, until then, enjoy the blogs, tell your friends, and keep the story (and monetary) tips coming. (And let us know about any toilets we should review.)
From Hell Gate to you,
Hell Gate (Christopher Robbins, Esther Wang, Max Rivlin-Nadler, Nick Pinto, & Sydney Pereira)