Thursday, August 5, 2010

Union Sq. Newsstand

We've lost another newsstand. One of the more interesting ones. From the corner of Broadway and 17th Street, this cluttered little beauty has vanished.



It has taken its street art-decorated backside with it.



And it has been replaced by this dull, blank box, another ticky-tacky nothing, a hollow mirror reflecting not much. On the back, where a shifting gallery of street art used to be, you will soon see an advertisement--for Jaguar cars or Coach bags.

This is how a city dies, little piece by little piece. A thousand cuts.



Read much more on the vanishing newsstands here.

6 comments:

Rob said...

Yuck. Sterile and pointless.

John M said...

very sad. a beautiful post, jeremiah.

Chris said...

Looks like a brand new punching bag...

Rick said...

Not to worry! This is New York. That sterile silver box’s backside will be covered with street art (and lots of other things) in no time. Guaranteed!

Jeremiah Moss said...

unfortunately, Rick, those sleek surfaces seem to repel graffiti and wheatpaste. they are built to stay sterile.

Anonymous said...

City is slowly losing it's culture!!

Btw i am curious, how do you find out about these places that are going away?

~Sandeep
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