NEW YORK -- Pat Kiernan, the NY1 anchor known for taking viewers through each morning's local newspapers, had to improvise his "In The Papers" segment Tuesday by simply looking at front pages on the Newseum's website. That's because Kiernan, like many New Yorkers, didn’t receive a newspaper today, thanks to Hurricane Sandy.
A New York Times spokeswoman told The Huffington Post that the paper had "very limited distribution" today, given road, tunnel and bridge closures. She said that delivery trucks from the Times' College Point, N.Y., printing plant did not make it into Manhattan at all Tuesday morning. However, some trucks were able to access parts of Long Island, Queens and Brooklyn.
Of course, most New Yorkers looking for up-to-the-minute Sandy coverage weren't waiting around for the morning paper but turned to local TV news, 24-hour cable networks, New York newspaper websites, online media outlets and social media.
At this point, it's unclear exactly where print newspapers were delivered -- none made it the area of Greenpoint, Brooklyn, where this reporter lives.
Capital New York editor Tom McGeveran, who sizes up the front pages of the New York Post and Daily News each morning, wrote that "there are no newspapers within a mile" of his apartment in Astoria, Queens. However, Tablet Magazine tweeted that the Times was delivered in the Clinton Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn.
News organizations with print operations weren't the only ones affected by Sandy. Online media outlets such as The Huffington Post, Gawker and BuzzFeed went down Monday following data center failures.
UPDATE: 3:35 p.m. -- Wall Street Journal owner Rupert Murdoch tweeted Tuesday afternoon: "Apologies to all WSJ readers who missed deliveries today. All tried hard, but Sandy too strong."