Mort Pye, who was named editor of The Star-Ledger in 1963 and remained through 1994, grew the newspaper into the 14th largest in the nation, mainly through expanding readership in the burgeoning suburbs that surrounded Newark.
But the newspaper always remained rooted in Newark, even through the lean years that followed the Newark riots in 1967. Its headquarters, oddly situated on an island between University Avenue and Washington Street in the city's Central Ward, remained the nerve center of the newspaper even as it moved its printing facilities to Piscataway and Montville and had bureaus scattered across North Jersey. It also built a parking deck on land it owned across Court Street.
The office employed hundreds of reporters, editors, advertising reps, circulation staff and other support staff through 2008, when it offered voluntary buyouts to some 200 employees. After that, the newspaper continued to downsize and move staff to new offices in Woodbridge and Secaucus.
In 2014, after 50 years at the location, the Newhouse family sold the 177,000-square-foot building to Maddd Equities, a real estate investment firm. The parking deck and lot across the street is now the home of Lincoln Park High School, which is operated by the high-performing charter school network, Uncommon Schools. The former HQ building is now used to store valuable artwork.
While The Star-Ledger leases office space in the Gateway building for a handful of employees, the bulk of the staff now works for NJ Advance Media out of corporate office parks in Woodbridge and Edison, far from Newark.
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