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New York Times Newsplant

Emma ZhangSunni Zhou
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On the first day of July, Voice K explored the printing process of New York Times Print Plant and was given a tour to explore how a print factory works. It is located in 1 New York Times Plaza, Flushing. We have learnt so much on this one visit! There was so much we didn’t know!

When we stepped in, we explored at the grand lobby we were in. It was so big that I thought that  it could easily fit 5 elephants in there! We were greeted by a friendly staff  Deirdre Deignan. There was a little model of the Print Plant to our left in glass. On our right was a few couches and a gigantic painting about newsprinting. Deirdre Deignan told us that the artist who created this used ink from the printing plant! We walked up a few stairs ahead of us and looked around. We were on an upper floor looking at a few plates which we learnt about later.

We were led into another case of stairs by night shift foreman, Robert Kornblum, to an awfully noisy room. Around us were machines called forklifts. They carried things around the plant and made a strange/loud noise as they went around. There were also  machines that carried rolls of paper. We walked a little more and turned left. We found tons of rolls of paper! They were on humongous skids! There were conveyor belts that carried the rolls of paper. Then, a worker was cutting off the brown wrapping paper to show us how to get the paper to the printing machines. Robert Kornblum told us that they used the trees from Canada to make the paper! Each roll is approximately 2,000 pounds. Each roll of paper can produce 30,000 newspapers! That makes my head want to explode!

During our visit, we also entered the plate room. This is the cool part! In order to print these multiple copies of newspaper, they have to make plates. The plates they use today at the New York Times Print Plant are made of aluminum. They flex easily and have an unusually smooth texture. This room is different from the other rooms because of its lighting. Because the plates are sensitive, they use a dimmer lighting. This room was also quieter than the one with the forklifts. Each night, the print plant makes about 20,000 plates! This sounds like a colossal job!

After the quiet plate room, came another awfully noisy room. There were conveyer belts on the ceiling carrying loads of newspaper everywhere! We were given copies of the New York Times to enjoy. Just one thing I noticed, the ink on the newspaper hadn’t dried out yet! I got a few stains on my fingers. We went everywhere in this huge place! After wandering and gazing in awe, we finished looking around.We saw several screens and a LOT of conveyer belts. Later, we were led to a quiet meeting room and refreshed our minds.  We enjoyed our time at the print plant so much!


Transportation to the New York Times Plant (NYTP) by Sunni Zhou

I remember when everyone speed walked/ran really fast to catch the subway. We crossed many roads and made many stops at the traffic lights. As we walked down the stairway to the subway station we knew we still had some time. After we got our tickets, we scurried through the turning doors and looked for the subway we had to take. We got in one subway and finally took a deep breath. A little after two seconds, we realized we weren’t in the right subway. We sprinted out expeditiously and caught the right subway just in time.

When I finally got the chance to catch my breath, I felt my muscles relax from the stress. It may not sound very traumatizing but in New York there are so many people. It is very likely to get lost if you don’t pay attention to where you’re going and your surroundings. After we got off the subway, we had to call a taxi to go to the actual New York Times Plant. It was already around 6:00 pm and the sky started to darken. Since we had 16 people, we had to call 4 taxis. Some families went with other families to fill the the last seat. Before we could start our taxi drive it took forever to set our destination because there was a misspelling in the address. Fortunately after we mentioned that is was the New York Times Plant all the taxi drivers knew exactly where we were talking about. During our taxi ride, the driver was very kind and talked about his experience in New York and a little about the NYTP. Finally WE ARRIVED! It was a long ride but we made it at the end.


Meet the writers

Emma Zhang

Emma Zhang

Hi! My name is Emma Zhang. I am born in the year 2005 in June. I enjoy skiing, swimming and archery. I play two instruments; the piano and the zither. I love Teddy Bears. I can’t imagine life without them. The thing I can’t live without is my teddy bear; Tim. In my spare time, I like browsing on my computer, draw cute cartoon characters or wander around the house. I enjoy playing chess with my friends. I love traveling to different places and seeing different cultures. I enjoy meeting new people. That’s all you need to know about me!!!!

Sunni Zhou

Sunni Zhou

Hello, my name is Sunni Zhou! I go to Tomken Middle School. I really like singing, dancing, cooking, travelling and everything related to art. A very special thing about me is that I am a journalist and I do lots of thinking, writing, exploring new places, meeting new people and learning new things. If you love having fun, exploring, writing and learning, come to Voice K! I wish I could say more wonderful things about myself and Voice K but I really need to go. BYE!

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