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Newsstand rivalries of 1880s in NYC

I've come across some references to a rivalry between newsstands set up (or dedicated to?) the New York Herald, and others, referred to (in a Herald item) as "monopoly stands," in the 1880s. From what I can piece together, the Herald stands charged a penny less for the Herald. They also seemed to sell other papers and magazines. Their presence angered rival newsstand owners. Can anyone know about this? Or can you direct me to other information on this? What was the point of this strategy? In what sense were the other stands a monopoly? 

Re: newspaper buildings


The class Forvert's building (NY-based, Yiddish-language, socialist daily) is currently not in use by the Jewish Daily Forward, but the facade has been maintained. Built in 1912, the building still includes its masthead signage and socialist imagery. It has been, somewhat sadly and ironically, turned into fancy condos. The Forward Association still loves to keep tabs on what is happen with the building and discuss its history. I am quite certain you could easily find a number of scholarly articles or book chapters, at the least, on its design and history.

Re: newspaper buildings

Hi Paula, Aurora Wallace published a great book on newspaper buildings in New York a few years ago called 'Media Capital' which is worth a read - one of the building's she talks about is the old NY Daily News offices on 42nd Street - the exterior facade and lobby are fantastic and were used in a few of the Christopher Reeve 'Superman' movies.

Second Gerry's nod to the Tribune building, which is a delight. The LA Times building is an understudied art deco classic, and a building which I believe the newspaper is in the process of moving out of.


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Re: newspaper buildings

Paula, I thought instantly of the Chicago Tribune building, which has bits of other buildings from around the world embedded in the outside walls (sadly, the Trib is getting ready to move out of the building). In Columbus, Indiana, the Republic operated out of an all-glass exterior building designed by Myron Goldsmith that became a National Historic Landmark. The paper isn't there anymore, but Indiana University just bought the building to house its news master of architecture program.