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Title: Instant newsstand dropped in front of Food Town supermarket
Post by: lmaniace on June 27, 2016, 01:33:35 PM
Despite Community Board 3 twice voting against a standalone newsstand to be installed on the curb on 37th Avenue in front of Foodtown (2011 and 2014,) NYC Department of Consumer Affairs appears to have approved it, according to CB 3.

In any case, it is there, now.

With pedestrians, street trees and deliveries all jostling for sidewalk space on our busy main street, what purpose does this serve? There isn't a shortage of family-run stores that sell newspapers, magazines, bottled water, gum etc., already along 37th Avenue. 

We hope to follow this on JHBG's facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/JHBGNY/?ref=bookmarks
   
Title: Re: Instant newsstand dropped in front of Food Town supermarket
Post by: itsit on June 27, 2016, 02:53:35 PM
Absolutely awful! And am adding this one to the other recent atrocities of an identical nature on 73rd near Broadway and Astoria Bank along with the other one on 74th st. That one seemed to hasten the closing of the Army Navy store. Someone needs to account for this happening all other our neighborhood where as you say there is no shortage of these products in nearby stores.
Maybe one of those news shows that sort out the details on camera as they get to the bottom of the problem?? Better get Baquero.
Title: Re: Instant newsstand dropped in front of Food Town supermarket
Post by: mgrave22 on June 27, 2016, 06:32:38 PM
I don't think it's that bad... They created it because there is more foot traffic. We live in a neighborhood that is recently being recognized for it's awesomeness and its great subway stations! We are seeing more people move into the hood who commute to Manhattan and this is to provide a service to those commuters. Yes we have a lot of stores that sell that junk now, but don't we want nicer stores/restaurants?
Title: Re: Instant newsstand dropped in front of Food Town supermarket
Post by: daisy on June 27, 2016, 08:01:44 PM
To be honest, I think the vendors that are allowed to block the crosswalks are worse.  There's one on 75th and Roosevelt selling sunglasses and socks, whose table is huge and really blocks the sidewalk/crosswalks.  That area already gets a lot of traffic with the station and buses right there.  Other vendors set up all over the nabe - I assume some have permits and some do not.  And some are definitely selling stuff that fell off the back of a truck - so the crowds blocking the sidewalk buying it all are worse. 
Title: Re: Instant newsstand dropped in front of Food Town supermarket
Post by: dssjh on June 27, 2016, 09:09:07 PM
i think it's ugly and unneeded.

but i am curious.

walking by, it's been plastered with hand written signs urging people to call to complain about it.

and i am guessing people who oppose things like this newsstand are the same people who walk around tearing down handwritten signs on poles/signs because they're "unsightly."

any thoughts about a possible double standard?
Title: Re: Instant newsstand dropped in front of Food Town supermarket
Post by: lmaniace on June 27, 2016, 11:40:21 PM
A few quick personal observations.
I'm not sure how getting an additional newsstand licensed through an international advertising giant is going to bring better stores and restaurants here, as someone suggested.
Just because poor people are illegally selling their wares on the street, probably isn't a reason for NYC also to do something wrong by installing a newsstand on a crowded sidewalk that will compete with existing newsstands.
NYC government should to the Community Board, an entity created to get local input. CB3 twice rejected this newsstand.

Will probably be updating JHBG's FB page tomorrow on this matter.

Title: Re: Instant newsstand dropped in front of Food Town supermarket
Post by: Rhino on June 27, 2016, 11:43:52 PM
What's wrong with taking down handwritten signs illegally posted on poles?
Title: Re: Instant newsstand dropped in front of Food Town supermarket
Post by: earbears on June 27, 2016, 11:56:24 PM
There is something wrong with putting these horrible tall and ugly "stands" in the middle of a commercial strip to compete with neighboring stores. Rents are high enough, now there is competition from an "intruder".

There has to be something wrong with a city department ignoring the vote of the Community Board - which twice voted no on this proposal. There has to be something wrong with placing these ugly "intruders" just out side of an historic district.

We are trusting the JHBG to carry this fight to a successful completion. Petitions anyone???
Title: Re: Instant newsstand dropped in front of Food Town supermarket
Post by: Rhino on June 28, 2016, 12:03:22 AM
I agree earbears. I have a feeling it won't be there very long. Calling on the "green monster" crew
Title: Re: Instant newsstand dropped in front of Food Town supermarket
Post by: lmaniace on June 28, 2016, 09:22:19 AM
Please don't trust JHBG to do this. (LOL, I'm the JHBG president.) Call local officials and tell them you don't like this, if that's the case.

Len
Title: Re: Instant newsstand dropped in front of Food Town supermarket
Post by: dssjh on June 28, 2016, 10:17:07 AM
nothing at all.

i realize i am speculating here, but i'd guess that there's a similar mindset at play in wanting an ugly, inappropriate newsstand removed and wanting those signs removed -- so putting up those signs to protest a newsstand strikes me as odd.

and i could be miles off the mark

What's wrong with taking down handwritten signs illegally posted on poles?
Title: Re: Instant newsstand dropped in front of Food Town supermarket
Post by: abu benuska on June 28, 2016, 10:30:18 AM
dssjh, if you remove the newsstand, you will get rid of the ugly signs at the same time. So I guess there's no double-standard. :-)
Title: Re: Instant newsstand dropped in front of Food Town supermarket
Post by: petster on June 28, 2016, 04:47:06 PM
 I think posting on the kiosk is just to let passer bys know that if you don't like what you see that  you can voice a complaint.  Not everyone is a participant on this forum.  The fliers on lamppost often post unregulated activities like renting a room or an apartment, many of which are scams that may  take unsuspecting individuals' money. 
Title: Re: Instant newsstand dropped in front of Food Town supermarket
Post by: Ms. Jackson on June 28, 2016, 08:02:12 PM
Walking by this morning I didn't notice any posted flyers (I guess they were successfully ripped down), but someone had used a Sharpie marker to write not to support them on all the sides of it. So, now we have a graffiti-ed ugly silver newsstand box. Sure, I don't support the newsstand or blocking the sidewalks further, but I also don't support vandalism.
Title: Re: Instant newsstand dropped in front of Food Town supermarket
Post by: hfm on June 29, 2016, 10:38:47 AM
Walking by this morning I didn't notice any posted flyers (I guess they were successfully ripped down), but someone had used a Sharpie marker to write not to support them on all the sides of it. So, now we have a graffiti-ed ugly silver newsstand box. Sure, I don't support the newsstand or blocking the sidewalks further, but I also don't support vandalism.

I agree. The newsstand, no matter what you think about it, is not your property. Don't vandalize it, you're just making it worse.
Title: Re: Instant newsstand dropped in front of Food Town supermarket
Post by: abu benuska on June 29, 2016, 06:37:17 PM
DNA info's on it:
https://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20160629/jackson-heights/controversial-new-37th-ave-newsstand-vandalized-week-after-installation
Title: Re: Instant newsstand dropped in front of Food Town supermarket
Post by: dssjh on June 29, 2016, 07:34:08 PM
it's my corner, and i don't like it -- i patronize two newsstands that both exist within a block or two....and there's another one of these at 74th. they're ugly, charmless, they block traffic and they're NOT newsstands. anyone who grew up in, or has lived any length of time in new york city knows what a newsstand is.

but vandalizing the things? well, just vandalize your neighbor's house if you don't like what he or she does. or put a flaming bag of poop outside the door of the guy upstairs if he's too loud. let's not sink to that level, okay?
Title: Re: Instant newsstand dropped in front of Food Town supermarket
Post by: lmaniace on June 30, 2016, 09:41:32 AM
Update on the newsstand NYC dropped onto a crowded 37th Avenue to compete with existing stores. If the city MUST allow this installation, perhaps it's time to change the law.

https://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20160629/jackson-heights/controversial-new-37th-ave-newsstand-vandalized-week-after-installation
Title: Re: Instant newsstand dropped in front of Food Town supermarket
Post by: queenskid2 on June 30, 2016, 11:01:04 AM
Update on the newsstand NYC dropped onto a crowded 37th Avenue to compete with existing stores. If the city MUST allow this installation, perhaps it's time to change the law.

https://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20160629/jackson-heights/controversial-new-37th-ave-newsstand-vandalized-week-after-installation

I read that too and my first thought was would they put the newsstand on Park Avenue or some similar address if the applicant requested?  I can't believe the city has no choice.
Title: Re: Instant newsstand dropped in front of Food Town supermarket
Post by: lmaniace on June 30, 2016, 01:14:52 PM
I agree Queens Kid; that looks like just a stock answer by Consumer Affairs.

I contacted Councilman Dromm's office and this is the best email address to express your opposition:
Please write (politely) to Sharon Stanley, his Deputy Chief of Staff at Sstanley@council.nyc.gov.
Remember, complaining on social media is not taking action.

Also, JHBG is run by VOLUNTEERS... as in unpaid. Like you, most of us are busy and work. If you appreciate what we do for JH, it would be a big help if you could go to our webpage  - http://www.jhbg.org/donate - scroll down and become a member for the ridiculously low cost of $25. You will get our quarterly print newsletter sent to you, as well as our monthly electronic.

Thank you.

Len
Title: Re: Instant newsstand dropped in front of Food Town supermarket
Post by: abcdefghijk on April 12, 2017, 02:39:14 PM
Ok... this structure appears to be a permanent abandoned booth taking up valuable sidewalk space.

I say either it opens up as a newsagent or momo joint or whatever...

Or it gets removed.

But an abandoned booth in the middle of 37th Ave's sidewalk...which is the case now... is not the correct option.

Title: Re: Instant newsstand dropped in front of Food Town supermarket
Post by: dssjh on April 12, 2017, 03:02:19 PM
i spoke to the proprietors on Sunday, as they were putting shelving in on the inside. from what i gather, they were trying to obtain a Lotto license and put a few other things in place before opening. they've been paying their rent while waiting for government agencies to get things together -- a common theme on this board, it seems.

Ok... this structure appears to be a permanent abandoned booth taking up valuable sidewalk space.

I say either it opens up as a newsagent or momo joint or whatever...

Or it gets removed.

But an abandoned booth in the middle of 37th Ave's sidewalk...which is the case now... is not the correct option.
Title: Re: Instant newsstand dropped in front of Food Town supermarket
Post by: itsit on April 14, 2017, 10:45:14 AM
 Another abomination that we seem to have no say in on 37th Ave. How does this go on here when as was noted streets
like Park Avenue remain clean and easy to navigate? Electeds, please help!
Title: Re: Instant newsstand dropped in front of Food Town supermarket
Post by: jackinjh on May 16, 2017, 05:04:06 PM
Anyone know what is the status on this. Recently saw people testing out the fridge.
Title: Re: Instant newsstand dropped in front of Food Town supermarket
Post by: dssjh on May 16, 2017, 07:33:09 PM
slow progress. we've heard it from business owners on the board again and again.
Title: Re: Instant newsstand dropped in front of Food Town supermarket
Post by: JHMNY on July 30, 2019, 07:46:27 PM
The newsstand in front of Food Town is gone. Not sure when it was removed, but the sidewalk has been repaved.

(https://i.imgur.com/SQru3bX.jpg)
Title: Re: Instant newsstand dropped in front of Food Town supermarket
Post by: dssjh on July 30, 2019, 07:52:41 PM
very recently. it was there over the weekend. this is a positive step.
Title: Re: Instant newsstand dropped in front of Food Town supermarket
Post by: stevn on July 30, 2019, 08:55:13 PM
Happened this morning.
Title: Re: Instant newsstand dropped in front of Food Town supermarket
Post by: Simka on July 31, 2019, 06:58:22 PM
The newsstand in front of Food Town is gone. Not sure when it was removed, but the sidewalk has been repaved.


Farewell, newsstand! Gone but not forgotten (yet).
Title: Re: Instant newsstand dropped in front of Food Town supermarket
Post by: buzz on August 01, 2019, 02:55:43 PM
The reason the kiosk was built was to stop the halah carts.  Let's see how long before one is set up.
Title: Re: Instant newsstand dropped in front of Food Town supermarket
Post by: JHMNY on August 01, 2019, 04:58:30 PM
The reason the kiosk was built was to stop the halah carts.  Let's see how long before one is set up.

The following article from the Jackson Heights Post cites Council Member Dromm's reasons for requesting removal of the newsstand... pedestrian safety issues, and its potential of being a magnet for graffiti and litter.

Controversial Newsstand in Front of Foodtown on 37th Avenue Removed (https://jacksonheightspost.com/controversial-newsstand-in-front-of-foodtown-on-37th-avenue-removed)
Title: Re: Instant newsstand dropped in front of Food Town supermarket
Post by: Chingwa on August 04, 2019, 06:39:03 PM
YAAAY!  Wow some good news for once!
Title: Re: Instant newsstand dropped in front of Food Town supermarket
Post by: buzz on August 20, 2019, 11:15:00 AM
The reason the kiosk was built was to stop the halah carts.  Let's see how long before one is set up.

The following article from the Jackson Heights Post cites Council Member Dromm's reasons for requesting removal of the newsstand... pedestrian safety issues, and its potential of being a magnet for graffiti and litter.

Controversial Newsstand in Front of Foodtown on 37th Avenue Removed (https://jacksonheightspost.com/controversial-newsstand-in-front-of-foodtown-on-37th-avenue-removed)
Again let's see when the halah cart gets there