Marilyn Louie Temporarily Closes Tiny Bowery Newsstand Due to Flooding

Posted on: October 22nd, 2014 at 9:22 am by
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Unfortunately for Marilyn Louie, when it rains, it poors. Literally. This time the weather proved itself an enemy, with downpours sidelining the business. Damn. The embattled newsstand owner – on the Bowery for thirty-eight years – seriously can’t catch a break.

Heavy rainfall last week and its resultant flooding reportedly forced [Chinese language] the longtime newsstand owner from her Cemusa shoebox at the corner of Bowery and Pell Street. From what we gather, the facility sprung a leak and damaged what little inventory fits on those tiny shelves. Louie closed shop four days ago and will remain so until further notice. A handwritten sign dangling from the shutters announces as much, and basically blames the Department of Consumer Affairs for its continued disregard for her plight.

I will be closed due to the condition of the newsstand. I will reopen pending notification from the Department of Consumer Affairs. Thank you for your patronage.

In the meantime, Louie and her counsel remain hell-bent on pressuring the city into a larger Cemusa replacement (the current box is 4 x 8 feet). It’s been sweatshop conditions for the last couple years. There is no room for an adult to comfortably sit. Mere inches exist between the counter and back wall. Shelf space for product and appliances – including air conditioning or heating units – is paltry at best. Depending on the season, the tin can is either an oven or freezer.

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