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Kris
October 10th, 2003, 02:30 AM
October 10, 2003

Newsstands to Give Way to New Kiosks With Ads

By WINNIE HU

After more than a year of negotiations, the City Council moved forward yesterday with a plan to refurbish more than 300 sidewalk newsstands as part of an ambitious campaign to spruce up the city's streetscape.

The Council's Committee on Land Use voted 13 to 1 to approve legislation that would replace existing structures with privately built, identical kiosks. Under the plan, which the full Council is expected to approve next week, there would be no additional cost for current newsstand owners, who would be allowed to use the kiosks.

For the first time, the newsstands would display advertising that could generate millions of dollars in new revenue for the city. The newsstands are potential magnets for advertisers because so many of them occupy prime spots in Midtown and Lower Manhattan.

But in a major defeat for the newsstand industry, the operators themselves would not receive any of that advertising money. In addition, about 20 of the newsstands would have to be moved because their current sites are not large enough for the new kiosks, which will be accessible to the handicapped.

Council Speaker Gifford Miller said his members tried to balance the interests of the newsstand operators with the need for the financially stretched city to raise revenues. "This helps them stay in business, and they get a brand-new, attractive newsstand for free," Mr. Miller said. "It's understandable that they want more, but it wasn't in the public interest."

Next week's vote by the entire Council is the last major hurdle in the city's efforts to grant a franchise to a single private company to design, install and maintain as many as 4,000 street structures, from pay toilets and bus shelters to trash cans.

The Council had authorized the rest of the street project in August, but delayed a vote on the newsstands because of stiff opposition from the industry. City officials said that bidding for the project could begin by next spring.

But Robert S. Bookman, counsel for the New York City Newsstand Operators Association, said he was considering filing a lawsuit against the city that might delay the bid process. He said his members were losing ownership of their newsstands without proper compensation, and were being deprived of advertising revenue.

"We're not happy about it," Mr. Bookman said. "A lot was taken from us, while a little was given to us."

Still, Mr. Bookman and others agreed that the Council's plan was a significant improvement over the one the Bloomberg administration proposed more than a year ago. Under that plan, newsstand owners would have paid for the new kiosks, at an estimated cost of $25,000 to $40,000 each.

In addition, several council members pointed out that the new plan would make it easier for the newsstand operators to renew their licenses every two years by changing a requirement that pedestrian traffic around the newsstands be reviewed before each renewal. The new plan calls for the review every six years instead.

Councilwoman Melinda Katz, chairwoman of the Land Use Committee, said there had been complaints about a city backlog in approving newsstands. She said that under their plan, city officials would have more incentive to approve newsstands because of the advertising revenue. "In the end, I believe, they actually make out as well or better than before," she said of newsstand operators.

But Councilman Charles Barron, who voted against the legislation, said the plan was unfair to the newsstand operators. "Since when do you advertise on someone's newsstand and not give them anything?" he said. "I think this is an attack on the little guy."

Copyright 2003 The New York Times Company

billyblancoNYC
October 10th, 2003, 09:32 AM
What did these guys lose? They get new digs and pay the same. Gimme a break. Don't they only pay about $1000 per year for a permit?

ablarc
October 10th, 2003, 11:00 AM
What would be wrong with giving them, say, 10% of the advertsising revenue? It would get them off the city's back and expedite the process.

NYatKNIGHT
October 10th, 2003, 11:26 AM
They would have to promise to keep their newspapers dry.

billyblancoNYC
October 10th, 2003, 02:27 PM
There's nothing wrong with it, but for the deal they are getting, paying next to nothing to set-up shop, I think it's fine that they are not getting some revenue. It can go either way, but for them to complain about it, when they are getting new $30K set-ups for free, with not increases in costs to them, is a bit annoying.

DougGold
October 10th, 2003, 11:56 PM
What's this about the new kiosks being handicap-accessible? What's so handicap INaccessible about the current design? I have no idea what that claim means.

Eugenius
October 14th, 2003, 06:39 PM
If it's so inexpensive for them to set up shop, what/who determines which vendor gets which spot? Come to think of it, who makes those decisions in the case of hot dog vendors? It seems like the most economically sensible thing to do would be to have a sort of bidding system, where the city auctions off prime news-stand spots, and pockets a tidy profit.

I imagine that right now the system is rife with corruption, nepotism and favoritism.

Jasonik
October 14th, 2003, 06:53 PM
In addition, about 20 of the newsstands would have to be moved because their current sites are not large enough for the new kiosks, which will be accessible to the handicapped.

I think this means handicapped operators will no longer be discriminated against.

Kris
October 15th, 2003, 10:48 PM
October 16, 2003

Council Approves News Kiosks as Sidewalk Plan's Last Touch

By WINNIE HU

After decades of talk, the city is finally putting pay toilets and uniform news kiosks on its streets.

The City Council approved legislation yesterday to replace more than 300 sidewalk newsstands, removing the last major hurdle in the city's long-awaited plan to spruce up its street amenities, and in the process, create a consistent look for everything from bus shelters to trash cans.

Under that plan, the city will grant a franchise to a single private company to design, install and maintain as many as 4,000 street structures, including newsstands and pay toilets. The company would then sell advertising on the structures, and the city would get a share of that revenue. City officials have estimated its share could be as much as $400 million over 20 years.

"It's going to provide us with a new aesthetic framework for our streets and sidewalks, and will also raise substantial revenues through the sale of advertising space," said Council Speaker Gifford Miller.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, who is expected to sign the legislation, said yesterday that "we'll be able to rationalize the streets of the city, where right now it's a hodgepodge of unattractive things that disrupt the flow of people and don't provide as good a service as the public needs."

City officials said that bidding for the project could begin as soon as next spring, but the New York City Newsstand Operators Association has threatened to file a lawsuit against the city that could delay the bidding process.

The Council authorized the rest of the streetscape plan in August, but it delayed a vote on the kiosks portion because of heavy opposition from the industry. The newsstands are a crucial part of the overall plan because so many of them occupy prime spots in Midtown and Lower Manhattan and are expected to be potential magnets for advertisers.

Yesterday, three council members voted against the kiosk legislation and about a dozen newsstand owners and their supporters showed up to oppose it. The legislation allows current stand operators to use the kiosks for no additional cost, but does not give them any of the advertising money.

"They are squashing our investment," said April Sepanski, 48, whose husband spent $25,000 to build a newsstand on Columbus Avenue near 66th Street. "We thought this would be a family business that we could pass on to our children."

But Mr. Miller and other council members said that the streetscape project was an improvement over the one that the Bloomberg administration proposed more than a year ago. That plan called for newsstand owners to pay for the new kiosks, at an estimated cost of $25,000 to $40,000 each.

In addition, the newsstand legislation makes it easier for individual operators to renew their licenses every two years by changing a requirement that pedestrian traffic around the kiosks be reviewed before each renewal. The legislation calls for the review every six years instead.

Copyright 2003 The New York Times Company


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Kris
July 18th, 2004, 12:43 AM
July 7, 2004

Law Will Force Many Newsstands to Close, Operators Say

By MARY SPICUZZA

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Bernard Uhlfelder, who has run a newsstand at 86th Street and Lexington Avenue for more than three decades, says he will be forced to move.

The city stands to lose about 60 newsstands under a new law meant to crack down on the so-called street furniture that some people say clutters sidewalks, a group representing newsstand operators says.

City officials disputed the group's numbers.

The group, the New York City Newsstand Operators Association, plans to file suit today to block enforcement of the law, said Andrew G. Celli Jr., a lawyer for the group.

The group charges that the law, Local Law 64, deprives the affected newsstand operators of their long-term investment in their stands, violating their property rights, and that plans to require "huge wraparound advertisements without their consent" violate the dealers' First Amendment rights.

"The city is preparing to tear down newsstands that people built on their own," said Rob Bookman, another lawyer for the group. "This is taking property without just compensation." Mr. Bookman said the number of newsstands in New York City has dropped to about 290, compared with 1,500 in the 1940's and 50's.

The new law, which was passed in October, is intended to improve the appearance of newsstands and other street furniture on city sidewalks, and takes into account factors like safety, pedestrian congestion and sidewalk obstruction.

The city said that it would not force current newsstand operators out of business, and that it would hire a corporation to build new newsstands. It will start reviewing bids from prospective builders on Aug. 5, Thomas Cocola, a Department of Transportation spokesman, said.

Gabriel Taussig, an assistant city corporation counsel, said that he believed that far fewer than 60 stands would be affected by the new rules. He said about 11 stands would be required to move, primarily in order to make them wheelchair accessible.

According to Mr. Celli, most of the affected newsstands are south of 96th Street in Manhattan. Both he and Mr. Bookman predicted that more than 20 percent of existing stands will be forced to move, and nearly 80 percent of those displaced will not be able to find new locations.

Mr. Taussig said the city would not interfere with newsstand operators' licenses allowing them to be on city sidewalks. He said a main source of their objection was being denied a "cut of the advertising revenues" from ads on the new newsstands.

Some operators said the law is threatening small businesses.

"This is affecting families who've worked for years," Bernard Uhlfelder, 64, who has operated his stand, at 86th Street and Lexington Avenue, for more than 30 years, said. Mr. Uhlfelder said his stand will be one of those forced to move. "You work so hard to get something going, then, 'boom!' " he said.

"My life is the newsstand," said Mike Patel, who has operated his stand, at Chambers Street and Broadway, for 22 years. "I depend on the income of the newsstand. The city is really going to hurt me and my family."

Copyright 2004 The New York Times Company



Yikes! Why are there so many less newstands now than there were in the 40's?

Less publications? :roll:

Probably because most get their news from television or the internet.

Good. I dont know why they get to be on the sidewalks in the first place. They attract people who just stand in the middle of the sidewalks making it difficult for people to walk around them when there is alot of foot traffic.

Wow, another swipe at small business. What a surprise.

11 have to move to make them handicapped accessable?

Is it just me or are we bending over backwards for those who cant, well, bend over backwards.

I have sympathy for them, but requiring a NEWSSTAND to have a WHEELCHAIR RAMP is out of the park silly.


Good. I dont know why they get to be on the sidewalks in the first place. They attract people who just stand in the middle of the sidewalks making it difficult for people to walk around them when there is alot of foot traffic.

While NYC should not be inundated, stands and street vendors add to the NYC life and experience. It's part of what makes NYC streets so alive and so much better than most places.

Kris
July 18th, 2004, 12:44 AM
New York Daily News - http://www.nydailynews.com

Newsies race deadline

By FRANK LOMBARDI
DAILY NEWS CITY HALL BUREAU

Thursday, July 8th, 2004

Mary Whalen's family has operated her sidewalk newsstand on Wall St. since 1922. Now she fears the end is near.

Whalen, 76, of Brooklyn, and 10 other newsstand operators filed suit in Manhattan Supreme Court yesterday to stop the city from selling off the rights to run so-called street furniture - including newsstands, bus shelters and new pay toilets.

Whalen's stand could be eliminated or moved under the plan, or she could be permitted to run a new one built in its place.

"I don't feel like it's a piece of furniture," Whalen said of her stand on the southeast corner of Wall and William Sts. "It's something that has helped people earn their livings for years."

Although the city owns the sidewalks, news vendors own their stands, paying the city a $1,076 licensing fee every two years.

Under a law enacted last year, the city's approximately 300 sidewalk newsstands are to be swallowed up by a single franchise that also will include 3,300 bus shelters and 20 self-cleaning pay toilets. All will be adorned with ads.

Bids for the new franchise are due Aug. 5. The winner will pay to take down existing newsstands and replace them with uniform kiosk-like structures. Current operators will remain as tenants, but won't share in the ad revenues or be compensated for their present stands.

The plaintiffs contend that the franchise law contains fine print that will force some 64 stands to move or go out of business entirely over pedestrian safety concerns.

Attorneys for the New York City Newsstand Operators Association said the franchise sale would violate the operators' First Amendment protections. Named as defendants are Mayor Bloomberg and a bevy of other city officials.

Thomas Cocola, spokesman for the Department of Transportation, said only about a dozen stands might have to move or close, largely because of federal mandates for providing handicap access to the stands.



Thanks for posting that, Christian.

The idea that these newsstands would be shut down to make way for yet another corporate monopoly is horrifying to me.

Kris
July 18th, 2004, 12:51 AM
July 18, 2004

THE CITY

Public Toilets and the City

For a can-do city, New York has an awful lot of trouble getting certain things done. For more than two decades, city officials have been struggling to install public pay toilets in the busiest parts of town. But aside from the rare pilot program, no comfort stations have arrived. Other American cities like San Francisco, Boston and Chicago have managed to provide their citizens and visitors with this basic amenity, while one New York mayor after another has thrown up his hands and retreated.

The Bloomberg administration is doing the right thing by trying to change that sorry record, but at a cost to some of the city's smallest businesses: newsstands. And the newsstand owners' resistance could once again torpedo the public toilets.

The problem stems from the agreement by Mayor Bloomberg and the City Council last year to lump together the installation of some 20 toilets citywide with an overhaul of thousands of city bus shelters and hundreds of privately owned newsstands - all aimed at achieving a tidier look for so-called street furniture. One private contractor would build and install all the structures, giving some uniformity to the streetscape. The exteriors would be used as billboards for paid advertising. That would help pay for building and maintaining the expensive self-cleaning toilets - at locations still undetermined - while generating profits the builder and city would share. New York could reap hundreds of millions of dollars over the course of a 20-year contract, and the contractor's take would be even larger.

Newsstand owners - some of whom have operated at the same spot for generations - would not share in the ad revenue and would not be compensated for their investment in building the stands, which are to be torn down and replaced, turning owners into tenants. The owners also claim that dozens of stands will be eliminated as the city's Department of Transportation takes the opportunity to claim more of the crowded sidewalks for pedestrians. The city says only a few stands will have to be moved, but its estimates have varied. The owners aren't reassured, and they're suing.

The Times and other publications obviously have an interest in seeing that the newsstands, which have dwindled from some 1,500 in the 40's and 50's to about 300 today, do not become relics. Their value involves more than just their wares. The newsstands are an important part of the city's street life, and their presence helps define New York as the unique place it is.

Considering that the city would be drawing revenue from some 3,500 bus shelters, the newsstands seem a very small part of the grand street furniture redesign. Detaching them from the street furniture program should save some stands, and it would ensure that the battle over their future did not further stall the long-delayed arrival of public toilets.

Copyright 2004 The New York Times Company

nike
July 25th, 2004, 01:10 PM
when will they remove the newstands?

Schadenfrau
July 26th, 2004, 11:30 AM
From the NY Post:
BLIND KIOSK OWNER IN BID TO SAVE LIVELIHOOD

By STEPHANIE GASKELL

July 26, 2004 -- After 33 years, a blind newsstand operator faces eviction because the city sent his license-renewal forms to an old address.

Two years ago, Marvin Titen, 69, realized he hadn't received a renewal application from the Department of Consumer Affairs for his stand on Park Avenue South and 28th Street, and he had his wife, Glenda, call to find out what happened.

The Titens had moved to a retirement community in New Jersey and insist they notified Consumer Affairs of their new address.

"We called them and called them, but we kept getting switched from one department to the next," said Glenda Titen, 69. "They kept putting us off."

Finally Titen got a notice from the city telling him that he couldn't renew his license — he would have to apply as a new operator. Consumer Affairs officials offered him other locations in Harlem, Queens and The Bronx.

Under a new law passed last year, the city will replace most existing newsstands with new kiosk-style structures that have ads on them. Current operators can remain as tenants — not owners.

But since he's been operating at the location for so long, Titen would have been "grandfathered" and been allowed to continue owning the existing stand — provided he had renewed on time.

Titen said he would be devastated financially if he lost the newsstand — he lives on Social Security and his salary from the stand. But his wife said he would be hurt more than financially.

"Owning the newsstand gives him his dignity," Glenda said. "This is what keeps him going."

Titen sued the city last week to temporarily block the city from padlocking his stand and won. He has another hearing in October.

Kris
August 1st, 2004, 07:28 AM
August 1, 2004

THE CITY

Public Toilets and Newsstands (2 Letters)

To the Editor:

Before the city embarks on a multimillion-dollar frenzy contracting out the construction and maintenance of public toilets ("Public Toilets and the City," editorial, July 18), how about reopening the numerous closed public restrooms that are located within the transit system?

Revenue from the existing ad space and newsstands within the system could be used to help defray some of the costs. To discourage vagrancy, station agents could control their use via remote magnetic locks within the MetroCard booth as well as be monitored by the transit police.

The public restrooms in Grand Central Station are open and well maintained; surely subway riders deserve no less.

Merrill R. Frank
Jackson Heights, Queens



To the Editor:

We strongly disagree with "Public Toilets and the City." Newsstands are not a small part of the plan to provide much-needed public toilets to New York's sidewalks. In fact, they are expected to produce about $40 million in estimated revenues for the city. These revenues are critical to financing the proposed public toilets, which would operate at a loss.

It is also wrong to imply that the plan will hurt small businesses. The city's plan specifically invests in, and preserves, treasured newsstands. New, beautifully designed stands will be provided (and maintained at no cost to the owner), surely attracting more customers and increasing profits. How could the possibility of a handful of newsstands having to relocate a few feet make us lose sight of the bigger picture?

Moving forward will allow New York City to reap hundreds of millions in advertising revenues, and pave the way to finally join cities across the nation in providing top-notch public services while helping local businesses thrive even more.

Iris Weinshall
Gretchen Dykstra
New York
The writers are the commissioners of, respectively, the Department of Transportation and the Department of Consumer Affairs.

Copyright 2004 The New York Times Company

Merry
December 12th, 2013, 06:03 AM
Newsstands are a NYC institution, damn it!

Stop pickin' on the little guys!


Jerry's Astor Place Newsstand Officially Shut Down By the City

by Jessica Dailey

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For more than 25 years, Jerry Delakas operated the beloved Astor Place newsstand beside the downtown 6 train entrance. The stand has become a neighborhood landmark, but it was abruptly taken away this week (http://evgrieve.com/2013/12/city-shutters-jerrys-newsstand-on-astor.html) when the city's Department of Consumer Affairs shuttered the stand for "operating illegally." Delakas has spent the last few years tangled in a legal battle with the city over whether or not he can stay, but the DCA evidently decided enough was enough this week. According to Jeremiah Moss (http://vanishingnewyork.blogspot.com/2013/12/jerry-out-in-cold.html), Delakas found a new padlock on his stand on Tuesday morning. He thought someone broke in until he saw the sign from the DCA. Delakas says the DCA never told him they'd be seizing his stand. He now has 11 days to appeal the ruling that he pay $37,000 or vacate.

The trouble began for Delakas back in 2010 when the man he was renting the stand from passed away. He first took over the newsstand in 1987, when the owner, Katherine Ashley, agreed to let him rent it for $75/week. The Village Voice recounts (http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2013/12/newsstand_astor_place_jerry_delakas.php) that her husband continued with the arrangement after she died, but when he passed away in 2010, the city would not let the license transfer (http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2011/04/04/neighborhood_landmarks.php) to Delakas since he was not a family member. A number of petitions and community groups have tried to get the city to change its ruling, but clearly, that's not happening.

City shutters Jerry's Newsstand on Astor Place for 'operating illegally' (http://evgrieve.com/2013/12/city-shutters-jerrys-newsstand-on-astor.html)[EVG]
Jerry Out In The Cold (http://vanishingnewyork.blogspot.com/2013/12/jerry-out-in-cold.html) [VNY]
City Shuts Down Beloved Astor Place Newsstand (http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2013/12/newsstand_astor_place_jerry_delakas.php) [Runnin' Scared]

Photo via Jeremiah Moss/Vanishing New York (http://vanishingnewyork.blogspot.com/2013/12/jerry-out-in-cold.html)

http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2013/12/11/jerrys_astor_place_newsstand_officially_shutdown_b y_the_city.php

Merry
January 9th, 2014, 03:51 AM
On a Changing East Village Street, a Source of Continuity Fights for His Job

By COLIN MOYNIHAN

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A petition supporting Jerry Delakas’s continued operation of a newsstand on Astor Place says that
“his value to us far exceeds the sale of papers and lottery tickets.” Todd Heisler/The New York Times

The changes unfolded over decades on Astor Place, slowly transforming the three-block stretch that has long separated the raffish expanse of the East Village and the more proper precincts to the west.

In the late 1980s, the blocks between Broadway and Cooper Square were populated mainly by skateboarders, wandering musicians and peddlers who operated a booming gray market. In the mid-1990s, a few chain stores moved in and most of the street characters moved on. The most recent arrivals have been two tall glass towers.

Jerry Delakas watched the comings and goings from behind the counter of a newsstand on the northwest corner of Lafayette Street and Astor Place, but his days there may be over. He ran the stand for 26 years without ever obtaining the required license, and in December the city closed the cramped, cluttered stand. “This newsstand is like a home,” Mr. Delakas said recently. “It’s the only way I have to pay my bills and my taxes.”

Some in the neighborhood quickly forgave Mr. Delakas’s licensing infractions and supported his attempts to reopen the stand, saying that he had provided rare continuity in a changing landscape.

Mr. Delakas began running the newsstand in 1987, paying weekly fees of $75 and up to the license holders, first Stella Schwartz and later her sister, Katherine Ashley. Although Mr. Delakas said that he saw nothing wrong with the arrangement and never tried to hide it, officials at the Department of Consumer Affairs said it violated the city administrative code, which states that newsstands may be operated only by those with licenses and that licenses are not transferable without approval. When Ms. Ashley died in 2006, her will bequeathed the newsstand license to Mr. Delakas, but rules at the time allowed transfers only to family members, officials said. So the department instead turned the license over to Ms. Ashley’s husband, Sheldon Ashley, who allowed Mr. Delakas to continue running the newsstand.

After Mr. Ashley died in 2010, Mr. Delakas applied for a license to run the stand. City officials declined his request and a judge upheld their decision, noting that Mr. Delakas had engaged in a “fraudulent arrangement” with the Ashleys. In December, the city padlocked the stand, saying it had been operating illegally.

Mr. Delakas’s lawyer, Arthur Schwartz, said he was filing a new license application and appealing the order locking the stand. On Wednesday, he said, a State Supreme Court justice will hear arguments on whether the stand should be reopened while the appeal is pending. But city officials maintain that it is time for Mr. Delakas to leave.

“Four separate courts have rejected Mr. Delakas’s claim that he is entitled to this newsstand,” Katyusca Abreu, a spokeswoman for the Department of Consumer Affairs, wrote in an email, adding that the agency “will now be able to offer the newsstand to licensed operators who have been displaced” from other areas.

Mr. Delakas’s allies have accused the agency of being too punitive. One of them, Martin Tessler, who lives around the corner from Astor Place and once led community campaigns against noisy music there, said that “the letter of the law is overruling the spirit of the law.”

When Mr. Delakas began at the newsstand, the area was dominated by a 24-hour bazaar of blankets and flattened cardboard boxes displaying hundreds of scavenged items, including more than a few lacking lawful provenance. Musicians jammed loudly during impromptu concerts and skateboarders whizzed in circles around “Alamo,” the revolving cube sculpture at the heart of Astor Place.

The newsstand had its own customs. For years, job and apartment seekers lined up there on Tuesday nights, bought early copies of The Village Voice, and then paged through the classifieds and made calls from nearby pay phones.

By 1994 the police were cracking down on the peddlers. That year Starbucks replaced the Astor Riviera Cafe. A few years later the building that housed Carl Fischer, the venerable sheet music company, was converted to condos. Then, a skyscraper with multimillion-dollar apartments rose on the south side of Astor Place, where the sidewalk bazaar once existed, followed by a 430,000-square-foot office tower on the north side.

Although the newsstand is locked, Mr. Delakas has continued to stop by daily. Friends from the neighborhood have joined him for rallies and lobbied public officials on his behalf. They have also gathered more than 1,200 signatures on a petition to the city asking that Mr. Delakas be permitted to continue operating the newsstand. “His value to us far exceeds the sale of papers and lottery tickets,” the petition says.

On a recent evening several dozen people showed up at Astor Place, holding aloft placards and taping notes of support to the newsstand’s locked gate. Among them was Lisa Pakulski, who said she thought that Mr. Delakas deserved to continue working there.

“This is a village,” she said. “And Jerry is part of our fabric.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/07/nyregion/on-a-changing-east-village-street-a-source-of-continuity-fights-for-his-job.html?partner=rss&emc=rss



Newsstand vendor Jerry Delakas meets Mayor de Blasio

By now, you likely know the situation with Jerry's Newsstand on Astor Place outside the downtown 6 entrance.

On Dec. 9 (http://evgrieve.com/2013/12/city-shutters-jerrys-newsstand-on-astor.html), the Department of Consumer Affairs shut down the stand that Jerry Delakas has operated the past 26 years before he could file an appeal with the city to stay in business. (Find more background about this ongoing legal battle here (http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2013/12/newsstand_astor_place_jerry_delakas.php).)

On Sunday, Jerry was one of the thousands of New Yorkers to stand in line to meet Mayor de Blasio at Gracie Mansion.

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In total, he waited three hours…

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He eventually got to meet the mayor.

From the Save Jerry's Newsstand Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/savejerrysnewsstand):

Jerry met new mayor Bill de Blasio who said of Jerry's Newsstand to Jerry "Great place!" Paraphrasing the rest: after being told of lock out, de Blasio said he 'is aware, there is a great injustice, and then instructed his aides to 'get on it immediately.' ... Jerry then spoke to aid who took from him the specifics of the case.

Jerry and East Village resident Kelly King also presented the mayor with a mini Jerry's Newsstand. (Jeremiah Moss has a lot more details today (http://vanishingnewyork.blogspot.com/2014/01/jerry-meets-bill.html) on the mini stand and the meet-and-greet with the mayor.)

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Meanwhile, there is word that State Supreme Court Justice Carol E. Hull will hear arguments tomorrow "on whether the stand should be reopened while the appeal is pending," as The New York Times put it.

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And Jerry's supporters are holding a "We Got Your Back" rally tomorrow morning at 9 on the steps of New York County Courts at 60 Centre Street ahead of the hearing.

You can find more information at the Save Jerry's Newsstand Facebook page.

http://evgrieve.com/2014/01/newsstand-vendor-jerry-delakas-meets.html (https://www.facebook.com/savejerrysnewsstand?notif_t=fbpage_fan_invite)

lofter1
January 9th, 2014, 01:55 PM
If our new Mayor can keep Jerry in place by special dispensation he should do it. It fits in with DeB's populist position, and sends a message that the little guy, overpowered by faceless bureaucracy, can come out on top. It's a win-win for DeB -- and for Downtowners. Not to mention Jerry.

Hof
January 9th, 2014, 02:58 PM
Another piece of Olde New York, the vanishing raggy sidewalk newsstands--many which look like homeless encampments with a really nice library-- are about to be spiffed up, organized and turned into 21st- Century profit centers for the City.

What NEXT??? Now that the disappearing, small-business print media vendor has been dealt a crippling blow, will the City begin to harass the multiple Bolex Watch salesmen, the even smaller-businessmen who operate ( probably on YOUR streetcorner) from their faux-Vuitton suitcases??? Will the City finally go after those slick independent contractors, the ones who sell all of their shakey DVDs, bad art, false gold, $3 T-shirts, plastic leather and phony promises to the endless parade of Suckers that New York somehow produces for them every day?
They definitely enhance street life and they take up LESS space than newsstands or portable toilets, AND they can offer low, low prices due to their nonexistent overhead--like no licenses, direct lines to Chinese factories and the ability to go out of business quickly. Their business model seems to work. It must, or there wouldn't be so many of them. They operate freely, and that ain't right. License them, organize them, tax them and officially help them as well, I'm suggesting, like they're doing to the news vendors.
NYC needs jobs, framed photos of the burning Towers and "gold" watches--more than we need newspapers, anyway.
Maybe the City can provide them with identical Official Suitcases ( with ads on the outside, natch) and their own, leased corner as a way of standardizing the thousands of intersections that New York has? They could even be REAL leather suitcases. That would class up the corners a lot.

lofter1
January 9th, 2014, 09:57 PM
Manzanas y Naranjas :cool:

Besides, the City is going after those scamming vendors, and in the same net are proposing to go after their customers:

City Council should bag bill that would bust buyers of phony purses and scarves (http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/gucci-gucci-goo-article-1.1373308)

Merry
January 14th, 2014, 12:42 AM
Predictable but good news, except for the fine.


Ousted Astor Place Newsstand Operator to Return Under Deal With City

By Serena Solomon

A newsstand operator who was ousted from his longtime East Village kiosk (http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20140108/east-village/embattled-newsstand-operator-gets-two-weeks-strike-deal-with-city) has struck a deal with the city that will allow him to return once he begins paying a $9,000 fine.
Jerry Delakas, 64, could reopen his Astor Place newsstand as soon as Tuesday, after the Department of Consumer Affairs agreed Friday to issue him a license for the business he has run for the past 26 years, according to court documents and Delakas' lawyer.

Delakas had battled the city in court and even appealed directly to Mayor Bill de Blasio (http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20140108/east-village/embattled-newsstand-operator-gets-two-weeks-strike-deal-with-city), after city officials locked him out of the newsstand in December during the last weeks of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration, saying Delakas had been running the newsstand illegally because the license belonged to someone else.

"This is not about winners or losers — this is about emotional moments," said Delakas, 64, a Greek immigrant who lives on the Upper West Side, at a press conference in front of the newsstand Monday afternoon. "Americans open their hearts for needs."

Delakas must pay the city $1,000 for a new license before he can reopen, plus the first $1,000 out of a $9,000 fine, according to legal documents.

He has to pay another $3,000 in May, $2,000 in August and $3,000 by Nov. 1, according to the documents.

"I think it shows a different stance on small business [under de Blasio], and a lot of those smaller businesses that have been set upon by city government should find this encouraging to fight back," said Advocates for Justice lawyer Arthur Schwartz, who is representing Delakas.

Both Delakas and Schwartz attributed the breakthrough to an unofficial meeting Delakas had with de Blasio more than a week go, when Delakas and a supporter told the mayor about the newsstand owner's plight during an open house at Gracie Mansion.

"This is the first win for the little guy in the Bill de Blasio administration," Schwartz said.

The mayor's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Schwartz and Delakas were arranging Monday to get back the newsstand's contents, which were stored in Brooklyn while it was closed, Schwartz said. They hope to have it back open by Tuesday, he said.

Delakas has been running the newsstand since 1987, but he never had the license transferred to his own name after the city blocked numerous attempts by the family who held the license to do so. Then, in 2010, the city temporarily locked Delakas out, calling the shared license arrangement illegal, according to the (http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/city-beloved-cooper-square-newsstand-vendor-boot-license-article-1.110623)Daily News (http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/city-beloved-cooper-square-newsstand-vendor-boot-license-article-1.110623).

Delakas' latest eviction enraged many of his customers, who have held protest rallies and even donated hundreds of dollars to help him through weeks of no income.

Marty Tessler, an East Village resident of 27 years, said he had often left parcels at Delakas' newsstand for friends to pick up.

"I would say 'I'm leaving it at Jerry's newsstand. I'm not in the neighborhood,'" Tessler said.

"That is the essence of what Greenwich Village is all about — community, people getting together," he added.

http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20140113/east-village/ousted-astor-place-newsstand-operator-return-under-deal-with-city

lofter1
January 14th, 2014, 01:23 AM
Go, Jerry! :D

scumonkey
January 14th, 2014, 02:41 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIksLsYYues#t=31