In 1852, the newspaper started a western division, The Times of California, which arrived whenever a mail boat from New York docked in California.
However, the effort failed once local California newspapers came into prominence.
On April 21, 1861, The New York Times began publishing a Sunday edition to offer daily coverage of the Civil War.
One of the earliest public controversies it was involved with was the Mortara Affair, the subject of twenty editorials in the Times alone.
The crossword began appearing regularly in 1942, and the fashion section first appeared in 1946.
We shall be Conservative, in all cases where we think Conservatism essential to the public good;—and we shall be Radical in everything which may seem to us to require radical treatment and radical reform.
We do not believe that everything in Society is either exactly right or exactly wrong;—what is good we desire to preserve and improve;—what is evil, to exterminate, or reform.
The newspaper's influence grew in 18, when it published a series of exposés on William Tweed, leader of the city's Democratic Party—popularly known as "Tammany Hall" (from its early 19th century meeting headquarters)—that led to the end of the Tweed Ring's domination of New York's City Hall.
While this move cost The New York Times a portion of its readership among its more progressive and Republican readers (revenue declined from 8,000 to ,000 from 1883-1884), the paper eventually regained most of its lost ground within a few years.