Voice takes Manhattan

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The Village Voice said that begining April 10, the weekly paper will be distributed free in Manhattan. "For us it is a pre-emptive strike into the future," said Publisher David Schneiderman, "We don't think there is much future for newsstands in New York."

He said the paper will still have paid subscriptions via mail and will sell on city newsstands outside the borough of Manhattan.

Advertising rates will remain unchanged, he said, but he expects total distribution to jump by 25% to 200,000 from its current level of about 150,000. The publication has seen its paid circulation dip over the past five years and a host of paid and free rivals have entered the market.

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