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NEW NEWSSTAND DESIGN MAKES DEBUT IN MANHATTAN

 NEW YORK, Oct. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- This fall, New Yorkers will see a sleeker, cleaner, more efficient sidewalk newsstand popping up in a number of locations in Manhattan and Queens. The new design, sponsored by The New York Times in conjunction with the New York City Newsstand Operators Association, was created to make newsstands more useful to customers while also replacing old structures with some that are more pleasing to the eye.
 After a year of work with the New York City Arts Commission, 10 new-generation newsstands are being installed, nine in Manhattan and one in Queens. The first one, at Chambers Street and Broadway, opposite City Hall Park, is up and running, and the arts commission has approved the installation of the other nine during the rest of this month and November.
 "The New York Times is pleased to have sponsored the design for the new newsstands," said Charles E. Shelton, vice president of circulation for The Times. "Our goal is to join others in improving the appearance of newsstands, and also the comfort level under which vendors sell. We enthusiastically support the construction of attractive, well designed and affordable newsstands."
 Robert Bookman, counsel to the Newsstand Operators Association, said the association regards upgrading the quality of the city's newsstands as an important step in rejuvenating the entire newsstand business. While 1,300 of the structures dotted the New York City landscape in 1950, only 280 remain today, and some are in poor condition.
 "The industry is very serious about improving the look and viability of sidewalk newsstands. The corner newsstand is an institution and a wonderful part of the city's heritage. We thank The New York Times for its civic vision in funding the design portion of this project," Mr. Bookman said.
 The prototype near City Hall Park is a refined version of its familiar predecessor. The new structure is equipped with special lighting and is designed to make it easier for vendors to display newspapers and magazines, which in turn makes it easier for customers to spot them.
 The new-design newsstands come in 10 sizes, from 40 square feet to 72 square feet. The prototype model at City Hall Park is one of the smaller structures.
 The design was developed by James L. Garrestson and Terrance R. Williams of The Williams Group, an architectural firm. The Newsstand Operators Association presented the prototype design to the arts commission in October 1992, and the commission subsequently approved the concept.
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 /CONTACT: Nancy Nielsen of the New York Times Company, 212-556-7078, or Robert Bookman of Newsstand Operators Association, 212-513-1988/


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