The character of NYC newsstands on full display: Nei Valente

Not long ago, neighborhood newsstands where the place to go for information and daily news. In big urban centers like NYC, those were everywhere. In 1950 there were more than 1500 newsstands across town. Lately people started to access news through digital devices, bringing down print media sales. That, of course, had a huge effect on the presence of newsstands in the city. Today’s numbers are closer to 300 units than the mighty 1500 from back ago. While some persist and remain confident on the important role of print media, others have let magazines and papers come second, thus transforming the stands in a type of candy shop. Displays that used to be occupied by mags are now home for Kit Kats bars and Ruffles chips, whilst newspapers spaces are now packed with souvenirs, especially in touristic areas. ~Nei Valente

This series dialogs and complements the 1994 Moyra Davey series “Newstands”. The photos try to portray the 2016 reality through questioning about the future of the charming and classic NYC newsstands and the characters that live in and through them.

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