The New York Blade was started in 1997 as a New York edition of the Washington Blade. The original founding came under fire from gay rights advocates because of indications that Wilbur Ross would be involved with the paper.
The paper, along with the Washington Blade, was acquired by Window Media, LLC in 2001, and 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.