Since 2007, New York City has been replacing newsstands with new, standardized, and sterile kiosks. Despite the new structure requirements, a number of holdouts have retained their original shape and personality.
In 2003, New York City enacted a street furniture bill that called for the implementation of 330 new stands, and required owners to give up their old stands. Under the new law, former owners would be able to operate the new, city-owned structures. In 2006, the City gave a 20-year operational contract to Cemusa, a Madrid-based company that installed the new stands, as well as thousands of other pieces of street furniture throughout the city.
The sleek, antiseptic glass surfaces of the new models are a far cry from the humanistic aesthetic of the older models, where each structure reflected the particular sense and personality of each owner. Once full of vitality, these newsstands are another example of the homogenization of New York.