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Type of site News, culture
Available language(s) English
Owner Gothamist LLC
Created by Jake Dobkin
Launched 2003
Alexa rank positive decrease 5,840 (November 2013)[1]

Gothamist LLC is the operator (or in some cases franchisor) of eleven city-centric blogs worldwide that focus on news, events, food, culture, and other local coverage.


The namesake blog, Gothamist, focused on New York City, was founded in 2003, with launches in other cities shortly thereafter. Other blogs operated by the company as of May 2013 include LAist, DCist, Chicagoist, SFist, Austinist, and Seattlest in the United States, as well as Shanghaiist internationally.[2]

Canadian blog Torontoist was launched by the American company, but was transferred to the locally-owned Ink Truck Media in April 2009, while retaining its "-ist" name and remaining affiliated with the Gothamist network.[3] In March 2011, Torontoist was acquired from Ink Truck Media by Canadian media giants St. Joseph Communications.[4][need quotation to verify] In a similar fashion, in 2010 Londonist was transferred to the London-based startup LDN Creative.[5]

Gothamist was co-founded by publisher Jake Dobkin and editor Jen Chung. Dobkin and Chung are also credited as co-founders and as publisher and executive editor, respectively, of all other Gothamist-owned blogs.

The flagship Gothamist blog has received a number of awards and commendations, including six Bloggies nominations. It was named a "Forbes Favorite",[6] and a BusinessWeek "Best of the Web".[7] In 2007, Gothamist was named blog of the year by Wired magazine and given a Wired Rave Award.[8]


External links

  • Gothamist LLC official site

Gothamist sites

  • Austinist
  • Chicagoist
  • DCist
  • Gothamist
  • LAist
  • SFist
  • Shanghaiist

Independently-operated affiliates

  • Torontoist - managed by St. Joseph Communications
  • Londonist - managed by LDN Creative

Sites on indefinite hiatus

  • Bostonist
  • Houstonist
  • Miamist
  • Parisist
  • Phillyist
  • Seattlest

Sites under new management

  • Sampaist
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