Author Topic: Instant newsstand dropped in front of Food Town supermarket  (Read 6593 times)

Offline lmaniace

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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
   

Offline itsit

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Re: Instant newsstand dropped in front of Food Town supermarket
« Reply #1 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.

Offline mgrave22

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Re: Instant newsstand dropped in front of Food Town supermarket
« Reply #2 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?

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Re: Instant newsstand dropped in front of Food Town supermarket
« Reply #3 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. 

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Re: Instant newsstand dropped in front of Food Town supermarket
« Reply #4 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?

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Re: Instant newsstand dropped in front of Food Town supermarket
« Reply #5 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.


Offline Rhino

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Re: Instant newsstand dropped in front of Food Town supermarket
« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2016, 11:43:52 PM »
What's wrong with taking down handwritten signs illegally posted on poles?

Offline earbears

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Re: Instant newsstand dropped in front of Food Town supermarket
« Reply #7 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???

Offline Rhino

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Re: Instant newsstand dropped in front of Food Town supermarket
« Reply #8 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

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Re: Instant newsstand dropped in front of Food Town supermarket
« Reply #9 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

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Re: Instant newsstand dropped in front of Food Town supermarket
« Reply #10 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?

Offline abu benuska

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Re: Instant newsstand dropped in front of Food Town supermarket
« Reply #11 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. :-)

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Re: Instant newsstand dropped in front of Food Town supermarket
« Reply #12 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. 

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Re: Instant newsstand dropped in front of Food Town supermarket
« Reply #13 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.

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Re: Instant newsstand dropped in front of Food Town supermarket
« Reply #14 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.

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Re: Instant newsstand dropped in front of Food Town supermarket
« Reply #14 on: June 29, 2016, 10:38:47 AM »