How disappointing to learn that so-called liberal and progressive Councilman Daniel Dromm is leading the fight to stop a newsstand from opening up in Jackson Heights at the corner of 74th Street and 37th Road. (“Queens nabe fights newsstand” by Pauline Hsia, October 13).
Few remember, probably including Councilman Dromm, that in the 1960s New York City was blessed with over 12 daily newspapers sold at hundreds of neighborhood newsstands.
Excessive regulations have contributed to the reduction of newsstands, especially in Manhattan, over past decades. Even worse, there are those who want to reduce the numbers of vending machines distributing daily newspapers such as AM New York and Metro New York, along with numerous weekly newspapers.
How fortunate we are to be living in one of the few remaining free societies, with a wealth of information sources available for any citizen to gain access.
Many of these papers count on sales by local newsstands. These same newsstands provide gainful employment for hundreds of operators, along with distributors. They also serve as eyes and ears for the neighborhood helping to fight crime.
Owners of independent weekly newspapers and faithful readers should be concerned about some local community planning boards, other municipal agencies and elected pubic officials meddling in the distribution of newsstands.
In the marketplace of ideas, let us hope there continues to be room for everyone, including our neighborhood local newsstands and free standing vending machines.