Metroland (newspaper)

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TypeAlternative weekly
Owner(s)Lou Communications, Inc.
PublisherStephen Leon
EditorStephen Leon
Headquarters279 Washington Ave.
Albany, NY 12210
United States

Metroland was an alternative newspaper that was published weekly in Albany, New York and mainly served the Capital District area. Distributed free of charge, the paper offered local arts and music scene coverage, news and feature articles, and political columns with a mostly liberal bent. It billed itself as "The Capital Region's Alternative Newsweekly".

Every week, Metroland included an opinion column, several local news stories, a cover story, and a comprehensive calendar of events (with a movie clock). In addition, it had published reviews of movies, restaurants, concerts, recordings, art exhibitions, dance performances, and plays. Metroland columnists include Paul Rapp, Miriam Axel-Lute, and Jo Page. Regular syndicated features include This Modern World, Savage Love, Partially Clips, Slowpoke, and Free Will Astrology. The paper also published special features such as "Best of the Capital Region", Readers Poll, fashion issues, dining guides, and "Inside Saratoga".

Metroland was edited and published by Stephen Leon and was founded in 1978 by Peter Iselin. The newspaper was published by Lou Communications, Inc. and is a member of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies.

On November 3, 2015, the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance seized its 279 Washington Avenue offices for unpaid back taxes of over $20,000.[2] Since then, Metroland has ceased publication.

Editorial staff[edit]

  • Stephen Leon, managing editor and publisher
  • Shawn Stone, arts editor
  • Kathryn Geurin, associate editor
  • Josh Potter, assistant editor

Contributing Photographers[edit]

  • Martin Benjamin
  • Joe Putrock
  • Julia Zave
  • Leif Zurmuhlen

Relaunch as The Alt[edit]

On November 22, 2016, a new alternative weekly launched from Schenectady with a partnership and $500,000 in funding from that city's principal daily, The Daily Gazette. Its name is The Alt.


  1. ^ "Metroland". Association of Alternative Newsweeklies. Archived from the original on 2010-04-24. Retrieved 2006-02-07.
  2. ^ "page not found". Retrieved 23 April 2018. {{cite web}}: Cite uses generic title (help)

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