Cemusa Newsstands Overtake Grand Street

Posted on: June 27th, 2012 at 6:08 am by
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Just when we thought Cemusa was on construction hiatus, the commissioned street furniture company jumpstarted its efforts on a bustling nook of Grand Street between Bowery and Chrystie. The end game here, a spot long dominated by a constant stream of market shoppers and photogenically decaying newsstands, was over two years in the making.

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Act One: When a soulless glass box dropped at the northeast corner of Bowery two years ago, we knew it was only a matter of time before the aged newsstands (resembling huts) at the other end of the block would meet their maker. And that’s exactly what happened.

Act Two: Two months ago, a second Cemusa newsstand sprouted near the southwest corner of Bowery, the placement of which no doubt narrowed passage for pedestrians.

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Act Three: Shortly thereafter, the dilapidated pair at Chrystie were summarily razed. So far, one was replaced with modernity.

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Meanwhile, further south at Bowery and Pell, the battle of inches has finally concluded. Marilyn Louie, present proprietor of the 34-year-old, family-run newsstand at Bowery and Pell, earned the right to stay after the Department of Consumer Affairs reversed their earlier decree of demolition.  However, Louie must accept a new Cemusa structure that is two feet shorter than her current digs.

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