The ongoing onslaught against the city's newsstands continues and the past month has been especially bloody.
First the little shack on 14th St. and 6th Ave. got CEMUSA'd.
It was green, it was ramshackle, it had its own ragtag style. Now it's another dumb shiny box. The whole city is full of these anonymous, interchangeable nothings.
Then we heard about the removal of the newsstand on 6th Avenue and West 4th, a deliriously overstuffed little beauty I hoped, hopelessly, might be spared.
Finally, the stand at 8th Avenue and 14th has fallen. It had been shuttered for a couple of weeks, awaiting its death. I always liked this one, too. It had a striped awning in chocolate and cream that flopped out and glowed in the morning sun. The newsstand was a warm, toasty shape on that corner, like a big loaf of bread. Like something almost alive.
click here to see it in better days
Now it's gone. Vanished. Just an empty spot on the sidewalk roped by caution tape and guarded by a man in a helmet. The idiotic ice box is coming soon. This corner won't be so warm anymore.
Hojo's Lost Newsstand
Union Square Newsstand
Lots more about Bloomberg's destruction of the old newsstands
All my newsstand photos