CEO and publisher Yggers Mortensen on ten years of Metro

Metro newspaper first edition
The first edition of Metro New York made it’s debut in New York City on May 5th, 2004. Credit: Chris Hondros/Getty Images

Dear friends,

It is a great honor for me to wish New York’s No. 1 free daily newspaper a very happy 10th birthday.

We launched Metro New York on May 5, 2004. A decade later, we are proud to put out the No. 1 free daily newspaper not only in New York but in Boston and Philadelphia as well.

In 2004, New York City was a different place. CBGB still existed, you could smoke in parks, the Mets won their first subway series and the iPhone was still just a twinkle in Steve Jobs’ eye. Yes, a lot has changed in the past 10 years here in our beloved city. But what has stayed the same is our resolve in this news medium and you, our faithful readers. Because of you, our team has continued to create and report because you keep picking up Metro for your quick daily dose of news, sports and entertainment.

We wish our readers, advertisers and staff a hearty thank you for their loyal patronage these past 10 years in New York. We are proud to be here and proud to be New Yorkers.
And we can’t wait for the next 10.

Yggers Mortensen,
Publisher, CEO


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