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Underground print is dead! Racks emptied at subway ‘Newsstand’ art project

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The Newsstand, a truly underground zine store that operated out of the subterranean passageway between the Lorimer L and Metropolitan G train stations, has sold its last pamphlet.

The project was the first iteration of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s pop-up store initiative, which rents small spaces throughout the subway system to artists for short periods of time. The Newsstand lasted seven months, far longer than the organizers at the art group Alldayeveryday had anticipated.

“We expected it to be open for one month, but it was successful, so we kept rolling it over and rolling it over for six more months,” said Clara Goldfarb, a producer at Alldayeveryday.

The shop, which paid $4,000 per month for the nook, sold self-published, limited-run periodicals, artisanal snacks, and art and entertained straphangers with gizmos, including a condom dispenser re-purposed to vend tiny pamphlets. Goldfarb declined to say how much the stand made.

The store’s inventory was curated by Lele Saveri, who is the founder of the 8-Ball Zine Fair. He brought in widely distributed, niche magazines such as The Gourmand, Tissue, and 032c, as well as photocopied and otherwise handmade titles.

“Kid would drop off so many zines,” said Goldfarb. “We had so many that we eventually had to stop taking them.”

The Newsstand may have packed it in, but it achieved its main goal, which was to introduce straphangers to the vast world of zines, according to Goldfarb.

“It took a few months, but they started accepting us as part of the landscape and started engaging,” she said. “It was a perfect platform.”

Alldayeveryday just finished a run of a pop-up zine store at the Los Angeles Art Book Fair, according to a spokeswoman.

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at dfurfaro@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-2511. Follow her at twitter.com/DanielleFurfaro.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018: Updated to reflect that Alldayeveryday was reponsible for the pop-up store at the Los Angeles Art Book Fair and that the book fair project is now over.
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diehipster from Torturing Tristans says:
PFFFFTTTTT BAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Just look at that pic! I'll give the middle guy a pass but the two 'uniquesters' in the foreground and background are so irritating and punchable - sitting there in their ironic "zine" stand in the year 2014. Vapid stare redbeard and a turtle with child molester moustache.

How did they manage to pay the $4000 rent for that friggin walk-in closet selling: "self-published, limited-run periodicals, artisanal snacks, art and gizmos, including a condom dispenser re-purposed to vend tiny pamphlets." and then still have enough money left over to pay all their outrageous apartment rents, $50 a day coffee/craft ale tabs and $18 kale 'n egg brunches??? It's a mysteryyyyyyy!

I'm so glad this out-of-place kidult playhouse is closed. But alas, it says "Saveri is now planning a similar operation in Los Angeles".

So that thick framed redbeard can simply just pack up and move 3000 miles away and open another hipster zine stand??? THANKS MOM AND DAD!!!!!
Feb. 10, 2014, 10:19 am
Kris from Bushwick says:
Can you please write articles about Brooklynites who are not hipsters. So sick of these self-important turds wearing their $500 or $800 Canada brand, goose-down jackets and talking in their helium voices on the L train, with their stupid mustaches and obnoxious beards, and skinny jeans, they all look the same ... http://www.torontomike.com/2014/01/do_you_own_a_canada_goose_jacket.html And now they're wearing the red knit hats ... oh, you're so original, you're dressed like a lumberjack on the L train ... ooooo ... wow ... go home hipster or at least stay in Williamsburg. We don't want you east of Halsey because we like our rents cheap. http://www.diehipster.com
Feb. 10, 2014, 12:36 pm
NYPD from NY says:
^^^Look at these whiners commenting^^^
Feb. 10, 2014, 1:51 pm
SwampYankee from Ruined Brooklyn says:
NYPD.......errrr.....yeah...it's the reader feedback section, people comment....it's the comments section. As for being whiners? Really? How so? Did you frequent "The Newsstand"? do you miss their...oh dear god must I say it......"ZINES"? ZINES? Really? as to you. Do you have a comment about the closing of the ZINE stand or just a comment about somebody that took the time to write a well considered opinion? So, are you just going to be a sniveling, nasally honking sniper or do you have something to contribute to the conversation you twizzler armed beta male? HONK! HONK! I NASALLY HONK AND MAKE UP ARROWS ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^HONK! HONK!!!!!LOOK AT ME!! I'M A TRANSPLANT AND i NASALLY HONK! HONK!
Feb. 10, 2014, 8:02 pm
Ulves from El Barrio Gris says:
Undeground print is dead? LOL! Truly underground? Double LOL! The title makes it sound like that newsstand was some kind of epicenter for independent media.

Who but a bunch of bored, parentally-funded rich kids desperately trying to be edgy or countercultural (and FAILING) would pay $4000 a month for a "Zine Stand"?

Take it from someone who came up during time when fanzines was one of the main ways to keep abreast on music or ideas/viewpoints that were considered countercultural and/or underground (real underground mind you, not an extension of your quest to be "cool"): You're doing it wrong.
Feb. 10, 2014, 11:14 pm
NYPD from NY says:
SwampYankee = the biggest whiner of them all begging for attention.
Feb. 11, 2014, 10:20 am
JAZ from Hunting Redbeards says:
“It took a few months, but they started accepting us as part of the landscape and started engaging,” she said. “It was a perfect platform.”

Accepted us as part of the landscape - started engaging - stores inventory was curated. Do these people ever actually listen to themselves? It's a goddamn stand in a subway station. I guess once you grow a red beard like that and throw on the thick frames, the tryhard nonsense just comes pouring out.
Feb. 11, 2014, 1:10 pm
Sunset Park yuppy Eradicator from STAY AWAY FROM SUNSET PARK says:
hopefully they expended money which was essential to them staying in new york and they have to leave. pamphlet dispenser? glad you enlighted ignorant native new yorkers to the hidden world known as "magazines". i have an idea as to where you can stick your "gizmo" inventory.
Feb. 14, 2014, 5:12 pm

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