The New York Blade was founded in 1997 as a New York edition of the Washington Blade. The paper immediately came under fire from gay rights advocates because of indications that Wilbur Ross would be involved with the new venture.
The paper, along with the Washington Blade, was acquired by Window Media, LLC in 2001, and both were then sold to HX Media in 2007. Kat Long succeeded Trenton Straube as editor-in-chief in February 2009. The paper ceased publication in July 2009.