By Jeff Labrecque
Updated August 01, 2011 at 01:34 PM EDT

Al Jazeera English, the Qatar-based news station that has been lauded for its coverage of the Middle East’s recent political upheavals but remains controversial in this country, is now available in the New York City market, according to the New York Times. The news network has struggled to establish a foothold in the U.S., but is now subletting cable space from RISE, a suburban New York channel, and will simulcast 23 hours of programming each day. (Al Jazeera English already has a similar business relationship with another cable channel in the Washington, D.C. market.)