We've lost one of my favorite newsstands.
This one stood in Times Square for many years in front of the Howard Johnson's. When they tore down 1551 Broadway and put up the hideous, digital mess that is American Eagle Outfitters, it was only a matter of time before the little green stand was bulldozed and replaced with a Cemusa box.
The stand didn't fit with the new Times Square. Every time I saw it, I remembered Howard Johnson's and the way things used to be. The battered little stand had a humanity about it. It stood out from the brushed-steel and glass crowd in its green skin, its yellow and red sign, its sides loaded with magazines.
What replaced it is not just any Cemusa box, but a digital box, the sides equipped with television screens flashing ads for Dunkin Donuts and Coca-Cola, showing the weather report. It's another dead thing.
Now the New Times Square and American Eagle's tower of televisions have the newsstand they deserve.
Union Square Newsstand
& Lots more about Bloomberg's destruction of the old newsstands