The Local is designed to help foster a journalistic collaboration among neighbors in the East Village. The site is designed to reflect our community, report on its issues and concerns, give voice to its people in an online public forum and create a space for our neighbors to tell stories about themselves.

It is operated by the students and faculty of the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University, in collaboration with The New York Times, which provides supervision to ensure that the blog remains impartial, reporting-based, thorough and rooted in Times standards.