Craig Newmark’s New Hit List
The internet mogul was vilified for destroying journalism. Now he’s setting out to save it.
There was hay here once. Horses, coachmen. Carriages were stored one room over. But that was a long time ago, before this house in lower Manhattan was even on the market, before the construction workers arrived, before the limestone tile for an adjoining hallway was cut, before the hayloft was removed to make room for a spiral staircase and more bookshelves. Before it became the two-story personal library of an unassuming internet mogul. Before Craig.
Yes, that Craig. The Craig of online classifieds fame, the Craig of Craigslist, the unmistakable character of late ’90s internet disruption: squat, bespectacled, flecks of gray in the goatee, a pleasant gloss atop his balding head, the slightly upturned wry smile that indicates he’s about to employ his trademark dry humor.