At the site where the first copy of Newsday was printed over 75 years ago, Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino, Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Hempstead Village Mayor Wayne J. Hall, Sr., Newsday Publisher Gordon McLeod and Press Club of Long Island President Chris Vaccaro led the unveiling of a historical marker at the Long Island daily newspaper’s original printing plant at 283 Main Street in the Village of Hempstead.
On September 3, 1940, Founder and Editor Alicia Patterson pushed the printing press button to produce the first edition of Newsday, “The Long Island Newspaper” at what was the first home of the daily newspaper for many years. Newsday remained based in the Town of Hempstead for decades until the newspaper’s headquarters made its eventual move to Melville in the late 1970s.
“We’re proud to recognize this historical location in our township,” Santino said. “Newsday’s first edition ran on the presses in the Town of Hempstead, and after 75 years, the daily newspaper remains a mainstay each day for many of our residents at newsstands, in front of their homes and now on their smartphones and tablets.”
“Newsday is where Long Islanders get their news each morning,” Goosby said. “It is where we learn of events that may one day become history, but today we are here to recognize the history of the newspaper itself.”
“On behalf of the Village of Hempstead, I am proud to recognize Newsday’s beginning right here on Main Street,” Hall said. “It is a part of our rich history. As we move forward with the revitalization of the downtown area, it is important for us to remember our community’s past.”
Since it printed its first edition in Hempstead in 1940, Newsday has maintained national prestige in the newspaper industry, ranking among the highest in weekday circulation, and winning several Pulitzer Prizes for journalism and public service.
“Newsday’s roots run deep on Long Island and it’s great to see that our rich heritage began right here on Main Street in Hempstead,” McLeod said.
"Newsday has been a dominant force in Long Island media for more than half a century and we're proud the Press Club of Long Island has played a part in helping to mark the location where the newspaper was founded,” Vaccaro said. “One of our tasks as an organization is to pay tribute to history, and when it comes to Long Island media, this is an exceptional location."
The historical marker sign features an image of Alicia Patterson operating the press on the first edition of Newsday, as well as brief historical context outlining the newspaper’s beginnings on September 3, 1940 at the property at 283 Main Street in Hempstead. The property currently houses part of an automobile dealership, which ironically was its original use prior to Newsday’s move there.
“Thank you to Newsday and the Press Club of Long Island for their leadership in helping us salute an important historical site in our township,” Santino said. “Our hope is that the illustrious stories of Newsday’s beginnings here in Hempstead are remembered for generations to come.”