Embattled Bowery Newsstand Owner Marilyn Louie Fighting for More Space

Posted on: June 26th, 2014 at 5:23 am by

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Mayor Bill de Blasio came to the aid of embattled Astor Place newsstand owner Jerry Delakas earlier this year; perhaps he’ll do the same for Marilyn Louie further south on the Bowery.

You see, Louie is having all sorts of problems with the newish Cemusa box that the Department of Consumer Affairs forced upon her around this time last year. The “facility” is a good deal smaller (4′ x 8′) than the run-down predecessor (4’3″ x 11′), and is apparently debilitating to both health and the bottom line.

Louie appeared at CB3’s full board meeting this week with her lawyer (and six supporters) to discuss how she’s been hospitalized for stress and neck pain. It’s been happening ever since the Cemusa arrival. Not to mention, there is simply no room for air conditioning/heating units or refrigerators, necessities for both weather and to sell beverages. She is again seeking help to increase the footprint of her newsstand, and the issue has been calendared on next month’s transportation subcommittee agenda, dated July 3.

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February 2012, Photo: JL

Two years ago, Marilyn Louie battled the city tooth-and-nail to remain at the corner of Bowery and Pell Street in Chinatown. After all, her family newsstand business had resided here for over three decades. The DCA didn’t care, and gave an ultimatum – move to Confucious Plaza and purchase a Cemusa box, or else. In June 2012, though, the agency relented, allowing Louie to continue operating here. The concession – demolish the old structure to make way for the new. It was much ado about proximity to the stoop of 18 Bowery. We’re talking about fractions of inches.

For posterity, the DCA clearance requirements for newsstands is that the structure occupy no more than 72 square-feet and not exceed 9 feet in height.

All this drama (and spent money) because of the city’s petty argument over inches.

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