Type of site
News, culture
Available in English
Owner Gothamist LLC
Created by Jake Dobkin
Alexa rank Negative increase 7,678 (July 2016)[1]
Launched 2003

Gothamist LLC is the operator, or in some cases franchisor, of eight city-centric websites 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. As of June 2014 other blogs operated by the company include LAist, DCist, Chicagoist, and SFist in the United States,[2] as well as Shanghaiist internationally.[3]

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.[4] In March 2011, Torontoist was acquired from Ink Truck Media by St. Joseph Media, magazine publishing division of Canadian media giants St. Joseph Communications.[5] In a similar fashion, in 2010 Londonist was transferred to the London-based startup LDN Creative.[6]

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.[7] Dobkin is frequently included in lists of the wealthiest bloggers; estimates quote his monthly salary from Gothamist at $110,000. [8]

The flagship Gothamist blog has received a number of awards and commendations, including six Bloggies nominations. It was named a "Forbes Favorite",[9] and a BusinessWeek "Best of the Web".[10] In 2007, Gothamist was named blog of the year by Wired magazine and given a Wired Rave Award.[11]


  1. " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2016-07-06.
  2. "Media Kit". Gothamist.
  3. "Shanghaiist". Shanghaiist. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  4. Torontoist Is Here To Stay, Torontoist, 8 April 2009
  5. "Torontoist bought by magazine company". The Globe and Mail. Toronto. Torontoist bought by magazine company...St. Joseph Media
  6. "Londonist And LDN Join Forces". Londonist. 11 June 2010
  7. "Staff". Gothamist.
  8. "25 Top Money Earning Bloggers". "". 23 April 2016
  9. "City Blogs". Web Site Reviews. Forbes. Retrieved 10 January 2008.
  10. See slide number 4 of 13 in Joseph Pisani, Special Report: Best of the Web: Your Favorite Bloggers: readers' Top 12 Choices from the Idiosyncratic World of Blogging", BusinessWeek, accessed January 10, 2008 (slideshow).
  11. Sonia Zjawinski, "The 2007 Rave Awards", Wired, April 2007, accessed January 10, 2008.

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