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A news vendor is the story as she fights for her stand (Facing eviction for a 3-inch violation)
The Villager ^ | 03/08/2012 | BY LESLEY SUSSMAN

Posted on 03/08/2012 10:12:27 AM PST by SeekAndFind

The community is rallying behind a longtime Chinatown newsstand operator who the city wants to displace over a technicality. Community Board 3 members, state and city officials and local residents joined together last week to ask the city’s Department of Transportation to cease its efforts to boot the newsstand from its current location on the southwest corner of Bowery and Pell St. The newsstand’s owner, Marilyn Louie, inherited the stand at 18 Bowery from her father in 1982, after the World War II vet passed away. Louie said she was recently told by D.O.T. officials that her stand is a few inches too close to the building it faces.

“They came and measured my stand and said it was 3 inches too short for a clear path,” Louie told C.B. 3’s full board at its Feb. 28 meeting.

She said the city’s Department of Consumer Affairs won’t issue her a license to operate unless her business is approved by D.O.T.

Louie earlier had appeared at C.B. 3’s Transportation Committee meeting where she explained that her clash with city agencies started when officials began measuring her stand as part of a citywide effort to convert all 330 newsstands and replace them with sleek, silver models operated by the contractor Cemusa.

At C.B. 3’s full board meeting, attended by about 75 people, many of them supporters of the news vendor, Louie pleaded with the board to help save her newsstand.

“I’ve run this business for 35 years,” she said. “I’m a single mother and I work there seven days a week. All they have to do is move my stand back 2 feet and it would be perfect. So I need your help. My father fought for this country and I hope you will now fight for me.”

C.B. 3 members overwhelmingly pledged their support, and so did representatives of several local politicians who attended the meeting.

Zach Bommer, a spokesman for Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, said Silver thought “it was ridiculous that the newsstand should be removed over 3 inches. The speaker is fighting against it,” Bommer said.

Others offering strong support for the newspaper vendor included state Senator Daniel Squadron, Councilmember Rosie Mendez and Assemblymember Deborah Glick.

Board member Anne Johnson told her fellow board members, “We really need to support [Louie] and make the mayor stop this nonsense.” Johnson was joined by fellow board member Tom Parker, who said he used to work as a newspaper vendor.

“Let’s support her unanimously,” Parker said. “The number of newsstands in New York City has been drastically reduced, and Chinatown needs this newsstand.”

Also offering her support was C.B. 3’s second vice chairperson, Gigi Li, who said she lived near the stand. Li said after the meeting, “Marilyn’s newsstand should definitely stay. Newsstands are what help to make neighborhoods and she has given back to the neighborhood. She’s running a small business that serves the community.”

Several local residents also spoke out strongly in support of the newspaper vendor, among them Arnold Kawano, managing director and general counsel for Harold L. Lee & Sons Insurance Service, at 31 Pell St.

“We’ve grown to rely on Marilyn’s newsstand,” Kawano said. “It’s the only stand in Chinatown that sells The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. She’s very much part of the community. Instead of going after her, the city should go after the gambling buses that congest the neighborhood and pollute the air,” he added. “They’re the real problem — not a newsstand operator.”

After the meeting Louie said she was “gratified” by the outpouring of support, but remained uncertain about the outcome.

“I’m still confused,” she said. “Nobody’s telling me that I will be grandfathered and can still stay there or will I be moved somewhere across the street. Will I still be here 35 years from now?”

Meanwhile, in a recent interview, D.O.T. spokeswoman Nicole Garcia quoted the city’s Administrative Code. She said Louie’s current newsstand site “does not meet the criteria specified by law. The shelter’s current clear path is 3 inches less that the required nine-and-a-half-feet distance and the stand is 4 inches too close to the curb.”


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: eviction; newsstand; newyork
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MARILYN LOUIE's NEWSSTAND AT 18 BOWERY, NYC, FACING EVICTION FOR BEING 3 INCHES TOO CLOSE TO THE BUILDING


MARILYN LOUIE, a Chinatown grandmother who faces eviction. The Business has been in operation for 35 years and was legally established when it first opened.

1 posted on 03/08/2012 10:12:37 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Cut three inches off the roof overhang.


2 posted on 03/08/2012 10:18:01 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: cuban leaf

The law has to have a GRANDFATHER CLAUSE added to it.

Stands that have legally been established prior to this law should be exempt.


3 posted on 03/08/2012 10:24:37 AM PST by SeekAndFind (question)
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To: SeekAndFind

Follow the money.

“her clash with city agencies started when officials began measuring her stand as part of a citywide effort to convert all 330 newsstands and replace them with sleek, silver models operated by the contractor Cemusa. “

Somebody has put money in someone’s pocket.

Again the little guy takes the shaft.
She is Fluked.


4 posted on 03/08/2012 10:24:59 AM PST by Venturer
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To: SeekAndFind

—Stands that have legally been established prior to this law should be exempt.—

I confess that I only read snippets of the article. I just assumed the law predated her place and they just never bothered to enforce it.


5 posted on 03/08/2012 10:27:06 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Venturer

RE: She is Fluked.

Is this the new verb now?

If Judge Bork can be Borked, Marilyn canbe Fluked? :)


6 posted on 03/08/2012 10:27:39 AM PST by SeekAndFind (question)
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To: cuban leaf

Actually the law was passed in the early 90’s. Marilyn’s business was LEGALLY established over 35 years ago.

She should be exempt ( the poor woman is only making $40,000 a year ). Unless of course, you want her to close her business and go on unemployment...


7 posted on 03/08/2012 10:31:31 AM PST by SeekAndFind (question)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m sure that if this was a friend or family member of the board this would be overlooked.

But noooo, we have to complain over this type of bullsh!t. No wonder the country is going to hell in a hand basket!


8 posted on 03/08/2012 10:33:45 AM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: SeekAndFind
Meanwhile, in a recent interview, D.O.T. spokeswoman Nicole Garcia quoted the city’s Administrative Code. She said Louie’s current newsstand site “does not meet the criteria specified by law. The shelter’s current clear path is 3 inches less that the required nine-and-a-half-feet distance and the stand is 4 inches too close to the curb.

The newsstand’s owner, Marilyn Louie, inherited the stand at 18 Bowery from her father in 1982, after the World War II vet passed away.

“I’ve run this business for 35 years,” she said. “I’m a single mother and I work there seven days a week. All they have to do is move my stand back 2 feet and it would be perfect. So I need your help. My father fought for this country and I hope you will now fight for me.”



There she is folks, public enemy number one!
She runs a business and won't go quietly into the night.

Her stand is 3 inches short of the required 114 inches from the building.  I know that could cause a tremendous problem, that only three more inches would resolve.  /s

She is 4 inches too close to the curb, and somehow she and traffic have made it through this terrible hazard too.

It's hard to believe folks have been able to overcome this threat to public safety.

How oh how did the people of New York's Chinatown survive over the last 35 years since Marilyn Louie took over?  And those years when her veteran dad ran the place, what a scandle!

Isn't it great having government look out for the public welfare.


9 posted on 03/08/2012 10:36:02 AM PST by DoughtyOne (Abortion? No. Gov't heath care? No. Gore on warming? No. McCain on immigration? No.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Hidden in this story is the absurd notion that Bloomberg has invested in 330 sleek new news stands just as the culture is reaching a point where no one reads news print anymore. What a provincial, unsophisticated little nebbish.


10 posted on 03/08/2012 10:38:59 AM PST by muir_redwoods (No wonder this administration favors abortion; everything they have done is an abortion)
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To: DoughtyOne

RE: Isn’t it great having government look out for the public welfare.

Yep, PUBLIC WELFARE, that’s where Obama wants her to be ...


11 posted on 03/08/2012 10:41:19 AM PST by SeekAndFind (question)
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To: SeekAndFind
the city should go after the gambling buses that congest the neighborhood and pollute the air
NYC has floating crap games? Who knew?
12 posted on 03/08/2012 10:44:13 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: oh8eleven

RE: Gambling Buses

These are buses that actually TRANSPORT people (many of them tourists ) to and from NYC to the casinos in nearby states ( those in Connecticut or New Jersey ).


13 posted on 03/08/2012 10:45:59 AM PST by SeekAndFind (question)
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To: SeekAndFind
Thx for clearing that up (pun intended).
I would guess all the city's buses pollute, regardless of their destination.
14 posted on 03/08/2012 10:51:29 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Venturer
Somebody has put money in someone’s pocket.

Of Course. IT'S NYC who would expect anything else? The people who live there however deserve exactly what they get. They vote for some of the most anti-freedom representative in the USSA's Kongress. Bet she voted for 0

15 posted on 03/08/2012 10:57:59 AM PST by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: SeekAndFind

“She should be exempt ( the poor woman is only making $40,000 a year ). Unless of course, you want her to close her business and go on unemployment...”

Self-employed people who are put out of business can not get unemployment.


16 posted on 03/08/2012 11:00:02 AM PST by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again.")
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To: fella

Will she qualify for welfare?


17 posted on 03/08/2012 11:02:53 AM PST by SeekAndFind (question)
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To: SeekAndFind
One of Bloomberg's buddies has his eye on that spot.
18 posted on 03/08/2012 11:14:19 AM PST by Joe the Pimpernel (Islam is a religion of peace, and Moslems reserve the right to behead anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Is this the new verb now?

Yes.


19 posted on 03/08/2012 11:15:35 AM PST by Venturer
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To: SeekAndFind

Tell the DOT to go to hell.


20 posted on 03/08/2012 11:41:40 AM PST by onedoug
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To: onedoug

RE: Tell the DOT to go to hell.

Isn’t the DOT a FEDERAL Department under Obama himself?

But I thought, he was for the little folks...(NOT).

How’s that hopey changey working out for you?


21 posted on 03/08/2012 11:49:17 AM PST by SeekAndFind (question)
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To: Joe the Pimpernel

RE: One of Bloomberg’s buddies has his eye on that spot.

Why does someone who is worth nearly $20 Billion still need cronies?


22 posted on 03/08/2012 11:52:15 AM PST by SeekAndFind (question)
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To: SeekAndFind
Why does someone who is worth nearly $20 Billion still need cronies?

That's how he got the $20-billion.

23 posted on 03/08/2012 12:02:16 PM PST by Joe the Pimpernel (Islam is a religion of peace, and Moslems reserve the right to behead anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: SeekAndFind

No, she would not qualify for welfare because she made too much money LAST year.


24 posted on 03/08/2012 12:10:19 PM PST by WVNan ("Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy." - Winston)
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To: SeekAndFind

Bet obama has money tied into the sleek new news stands. We need an investigator to get info on that company.


25 posted on 03/08/2012 12:12:18 PM PST by WVNan ("Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy." - Winston)
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To: SeekAndFind

She should just thank her lucky stars that she’s not a suburban kid trying to operate a lemonade stand.

Then the heroic bean counters in government would really crack down!

Don’t these government tools have anything important to do? Maybe it’s time they joined the private sector.


26 posted on 03/08/2012 1:15:37 PM PST by Jack Hammer
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To: SeekAndFind

Is there an App for that?


27 posted on 03/08/2012 1:40:17 PM PST by frithguild (Withdraw from the 1967 Treaty on Outer Space. It bans private property and profits.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Is there an App for that?


28 posted on 03/08/2012 1:40:31 PM PST by frithguild (Withdraw from the 1967 Treaty on Outer Space. It bans private property and profits.)
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To: SeekAndFind

What an incredible life to live, that must a really fun job, it would be a lot better with a larger view though.


29 posted on 03/08/2012 7:06:40 PM PST by ansel12
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