The newstand at the Fourth Avenue station has been closed since the end of last year. It was operated by the same people that run S&P, up the block at Fifth & 9th, & has apparently been shut down as a consequence of MTA station renovations. It's by no means clear who'll operate it when it re-opens - the guys at S&P are hopeful, but will have to compete with others for the spot. I hope they get to stay there, but doubt the MTA cares much about keeping their old tenants. I fear a Cemusa style upgrade. Both the place on Fifth and this one are favorites of mine. I liked the succession of huge cats that lounged on the counter at Fifth (the grandest of the bunch was catnapped several years ago & though it was replaced, I haven't seen any there for a while), & enjoyed conversations with the incense burning gentleman at Fourth. Sometimes I waited there while he was at prayer. I wonder what will happen to the other, long-shuttered station stores on either side of the avenue. Dunkin Donuts & a Subway coming soon? I'd like a diner.
Fourth Ave news, surrounded by the nicotine-hued tiles of the station.