Schneps Communications acquires CNG / NYCCM

Schneps buys CNG and NYC Community Media group. Proud owners Joshua Schneps and Vicki Schneps, left, with Les Goodstein and Jenn Goodstein of CNG / NYCCM, smile as they predict a bright future for the new company, which is the largest print, digital and events group in the New York market. Photo by Jeff Yapalater

BY SCNG | The three leading local media companies serving the five boroughs of New York City along with Long Island and Westchester have now become one.

Schneps Communications, a family-run business owned by Victoria and Joshua Schneps, has acquired Community News Group and NYC Community Media, together one of the largest publishers of community newspapers, niche publications, Web sites and events in New York State.

Together, Schneps, CNG and NYCCM offer unmatched reach in the five boroughs of New York City, as well as Long Island and Westchester. The newly combined company will be known as Schneps Community News Group and will have a total printed weekly circulation of more than 300,000 copies, a digital reach of more than 2.5 million page views per month, and host more than 40 events every year.

“We will clearly have the largest reach of any local media company in New York City across print, digital and events,” said Joshua Schneps, SCNG chief executive officer. “We can now offer companies large and small, seeking to reach an individual neighborhood or the entire city of New York and its surrounding region, the most cost-effective and efficient means of marketing.”

Each borough and Long Island has a group of distinctive media assets, some dating back as far as 1908.

“Our brands are as grassroots as it gets and produce award-winning content that both our readers and advertisers trust,” said Victoria Schneps, publisher and president of SCNG.

With the uncertainty of the media landscape both locally and nationally, Schneps has prospered by investing in content not only in its newspapers and niche publications, but through successful digital assets and events that have created a diversified media company.

“This acquisition will allow us to reach a scale that will create unique opportunities for clients that want to target their marketing and work with proven brands,” said Victoria.

“In addition, our knowledge and success around digital and events will be a boon to many of CNG’s exceptional outlets,” Joshua added.

CNG and NYCCM was owned and operated by the husband-and-wife team of Les and Jennifer Goodstein. Les was a News Corp executive who led the initial formation of CNG through a series of acquisitions, while Jennifer acquired NYCCM, with its group of titles in Manhattan — including The Villager, Villager Express, Downtown Express and Chelsea Now, plus Gay City News — from their previous owner. In 2014, Les and Jennifer acquired CNG from News Corp, bringing the group back to its roots as a family-owned business.

Les and Jennifer Goodstein were advised on the sale by Gary Greene of Cribb, Greene and Associates.

Schneps Communications has grown since the founding of The Queens Courier, by Victoria Schneps in her home in 1985, to become the preeminent publisher of community newspapers, leading digital Web sites and assets, business-to-business events and live events.

In addition to The Villager and its sister Manhattan papers and Gay City News, the company also includes, among others, the Brooklyn Paper and Brooklyn Courier papers, Caribbean Life, TimesLedger, Bronx Times, Airport Voice, the Family publications group, The Long Island Press, and


Media assets include:

The Queens Courier
The Courier Sun
The Ridgewood Times
The Times Newsweekly
El Correo
Noticia LI
The Long Island Press
Brownstoner Magazine

The North Shore Towers Courier
LIC Magazine
BORO Magazine
LeHavre Courier
Cryder Point Courier
Queens in Your Pocket
Aspire College Magazine
Best of Long Island
Best of Brooklyn
Best of the Boro
The World’s Fare
The Kings, Power Women and Stars business events Hosted throughout NYC and Long Island
The Power List events
Real Estate Award and Conference Events
Senior Health Expos
Kids Expos

Brooklyn Paper
Park Slope Courier
Bay News
Mill Basin Marine Park Courier
Brooklyn Graphic
Gay City News
Caribbean Life
Bronx Times
Bronx Times Reporter

The Villager
The Villager Express
Downtown Express
Chelsea Now
Manhattan Express

BORO Weekly
Brookyln Family
Queens Family
Bronx Family
Manhattan Family
Westchester Family
Special Child
Bar & Bat Mitzvah Guide
Brooklyn Tomorrow
Queens Tomorrow
Brooklyn Uncovered
Gay City Guide
Sweet 16 Guide
Wedding Guide
Wedding Pride
Eat Up

Ambassador Awards
Impact Awards
Healthcare Awards
Elder Care Expos

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