Friday, July 30, 2010

New York City Has Rules And You Will Be Publicly Shamed For Breaking Them

Have you ever seen newsstands selling things adjacent to their space? For example, a cooler of soda from a crate placed on the sidewalk out front? Of course you have. Did you know that is in violation of "Title 6 of the rules of the City of New York, section 2-66(a)?" It is. And for whatever reason, this newsstand on 86th and Lexington Street might be the only one in New York City singled out for doing so.

Specifically, Title 6 states:
Licensees shall not display or offer for sale merchandise from any public space adjacent to the licensed newsstand, whether on racks, shelves, tables, doors, boxes, crates, or from any portion of the newsstand exterior. Nothing may be affixed to or built into the exterior sides, rear or roof of the newsstand, except for advertising placed on the exterior of a newsstand by a franchisee. Nothing may be hung on rope, twine, or similar material affixed to the exterior sides, rear or roof of the newsstand. No sales may take place other than at the front of the newsstand.
Apparently, you will be publicly shamed if caught doing so. Further, the sign encourages anyone witnessing a violation of Title 6 by said newsstand to call 311 and report him.

Related: The official Rules of the City of New York

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