Gothamist LLC is the operator, or in a few cases franchisor, of eight city-centric websites worldwide that focus on news, events, food, culture, and additional local coverage.
The namesake blog, Gothamist, focused on New York City, was founded in 2003, with launches in additional cities shortly thereafter. Other blogs operated by the company As of June 2014 include LAist, DCist, Chicagoist, and SFist in the United States, as well as Shanghaiist internationally.
Canadian blog Torontoist was launched by the American company, but was transferred to the locally owned Ink Truck Media in April 2009, while retaining its "-ist" name and remaining affiliated with the Gothamist network. In March 2011, Torontoist was acquired from Ink Truck Media by St. Joseph Media, magazine publishing division of Canadian media giants St. Joseph Communications. In a similar fashion, in 2010 Londonist was transferred to the London-based startup LDN Creative.
Gothamist was co-founded by publisher Jake Dobkin and editor Jen Chung. Dobkin and Chung are additionally credited as co-founders and as publisher and executive editor, respectively, of all additional Gothamist-owned blogs. Dobkin is frequently included in lists of the wealthiest bloggers; estimates quote his monthly salary from Gothamist at $110,000.
The flagship Gothamist blog has received a number of awards and commendations, including six Bloggies nominations. It was named a "Forbes Favorite", and a BusinessWeek "Best of the Web". In 2007, Gothamist was named blog of the year by Wired magazine and given a Wired Rave Award.