Anyone who was actually using the New York Times app on their BlackBerry probably saw this one coming. The app has been barely updated in years and the mobile website was a better bet in most cases. Still there will be some who will be saddened to hear that it is no longer with us. The New York Times has been struggling to replace their business model as the printed news industry goes into a tailspin and their latest cutback has been their BlackBerry and WebOS apps including their DealBook BlackBerry Reader. They did offer a replacement homescreen shortcut here.
My guess is they needed to make some drastic/costly changes to continue support and they saw RIM was moving away from BlackBerry 7 to BlackBerry 10 which did not warrant the investment. Either way we hope to see them release an app for the PlayBook and BlackBerry 10 in the future.