The Village Voice, an acclaimed left-leaning news weekly in New York City, has shuttered its print business.

The face of a generation of alternative news weeklies, as known for its investigative journalism as its culture columns and outlandish classifieds, the Voice has found its audience — and the advertisers who want them — no longer want to get their fingers smudged. 

The newspaper advertising business "has moved online—and so has the Voice’s audience, which expects us to do what we do not just once a week, but every day, across a range of media, from words and pictures to podcasts, video, and even other forms of print publishing," owner Peter Barbey said in a statement.

Founded in 1955 as one of the first alt-weeklies in the country, it's been home to a number of storied journalists and writers, including Hilton Als and the novelist Colson Whitehead, two Pulitzer Prize winners. 

The advent of Craigslist and many other online listing services pulled the rug out of the newspaper classified business. In 1996 the Voice switched to free distribution in an effort to boost circulation.