Six months ago, the New York Times started charging for online content (as it has for print).
Publishing in print and publishing online create separate subscription questions, and the Times still has not devised an online subscription model for academic institutions. The Harvard libraries are working on a solution!
In the meantime, HLS faculty and students may read the Times on Factiva.
Once in Factiva, select News Pages at the top left. Then select United States from the drop-down. Headlines from the Wall Street Journal, NY Times, and Washington Post will appear on the right side. Scroll down to the Times, and then use the drop-down to browse by specific sections.
The Times is also available in Lexis. Once in Lexis, select the News & Business tab from the top of the page. Then, scroll down to Individual Publications where there is a link to the Times.
For Times articles from 1851 to 2005, go to Historical Newspapers: New York Times.
HLS students and faculty are eligible for the discounted individual subscription rate: http://www.nytimes.com/subscriptions/edu/lp1999.html?campaignId=384XW