NEW YORK, NY – While researching some GEO domain names last night I discovered that NewYork.com has now disappeared. It was a huge site I was quite familiar with as I had some past affiliate dealings with them, but today it appears its gone offline and parked at Godaddy.com.
This was initially very hard to believe as last time I visited the site it seemed bustling with traffic and activity similar to its New York City streets in which it ‘virtually’ represented. This large site was the original brain child of Leland Hardy who first registered NewYork.com in 1994 for roughly $10.00.
Apparently the site, originally owned under NEWYORK.COM INTERNET HOLDINGS, INC. became an asset of a new corporation called NewYork.com Entertainment Group, LLC, which was co-owned by its original owner and ENTERTAINMENT BENEFITS GROUP, LLC – a ticket sales goliath who had experience building out Internet properties and maximizing their revenue through primarily show-ticket sales.
According to legal documentation online the new co-owned corporation NEWYORK.COM ENTERTAINMENT GROUP, LLC, despite its highly valuable domain name, struggled to make the site a success with differentiating opinions on why exactly that was and with litigation on both sides likely crippling the business.
A memorandum opinion of initial claims and counterclaims is online here for those who have interest in reading about it; I only skimmed it and it’s not clear (or I just couldn’t find further documentation) what ultimately led to the sites collapse. Archive records show the site active until around December 2016.
About The Author: John Colascione is Chief Executive Officer of Searchen Networks Inc. and Internet Advertising Inc. He specializes in Website Monetization, authored a ‘how to’ book called ‘‘Mastering Your Website’, and is a key player in several Internet related businesses through his search engine strategy company Searchen Networks®