Friday, October 21, 2011

More Newsstand Deaths

We hear the old newsstand on Water and Fulton has been Cemusaed. Grieve has a shot of how it was before, a battered green box, tough and reliable-looking, like an old lunchbox. And now it's another blank spot in the world.



In the Village, here's the one that replaced the lovely, lively brown stand at West 4th. Another nothingness.



What remains? Lately, the Village's newsstands have been slaughtered. But here's one lone survivor at 6th and Waverly. It's a beauty with its pitched roof and caged storm lights, its jaunty awning like the short bill of an umpire's cap, its hunter green coat of paint. How long will it last?



See Also:
Newsstand Slaughter
Hojo's Lost Newsstand
Another Newsstand
Union Square Newsstand
Jerry's Newsstand
Lots more about Bloomberg's destruction of the old newsstands
&
All my newsstand photos

12 comments:

EV Grieve said...

I think the little one on the southeast corner of 14th and 4th by Walgreens just lost its battle with Cemusa too.

Jeremiah Moss said...

mannaggia l'america!

Marty Wombacher said...

Ugh, New York should change its name to Blandburg, the city of sameness.

Lindsay said...

How do these conversions work,exactly? Does the city replace it, regardless of what the people who run the news stand want or are they requested? Ugh, they are so ugly and lifeless.

Anonymous said...

the green one is organic & restful. the new ones are hostile. also reflects too much light. what is the reason for the change? if no ones buying the land to build on, whats up?

John M said...

I guess shiny wins. Yuck.

Little Earthquake said...

While I'm not sentimental about these newsstands, the old green ones were definitely easier to spot on the busy landscape of a New York City street.

Anonymous said...

every newspaper stand owner whom I've ever spoken to , loves the new ones as they are heated in the winter

cathryn said...

Yes, how *does* it work? the link to Forgotten NY was broken and I can't remember the back story of who decided and how about this...

thanks!

Jeremiah Moss said...

the city seized them from their owners. now the former owners rent them. amazing, right?

i'm going to reprint that newsstand article on the blog soon.

Jeremiah Moss said...

here's the gist:

"Before 2003, newsstand operators paid the city a licensing fee, but owned and paid for their newsstands and, under certain circumstances, could sell them. Now the newsstands are owned by Cemusa, and operators pay a two-year city license fee of $1,076.

Some 280 current operators are being given new newsstands, free of charge, and Cemusa is responsible for maintaining them. But the newsstand operators do not share in advertising revenues. New operators will pay Cemusa a one-time fee of $27,000 for their newsstands, Ms. McKenna said."

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/30/nyregion/30newsstand.html?pagewanted=all

cathryn said...

wow. thank you for the information. that's incredible. I didn't read times' article yet but wondering if that had to go before city council (not that I expect much opposition if bloomberg wanted it). thanks jeremiah!