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Update May 24, 2013- An Upper East Side group working to clean up that area has extensively investigated the free newspaper box plague. A law was passed in 2002 to curtail this problem, but the city is not enforcing it. The City DOT page dealing with newsracks is found here. To learn more about the Civitas efforts, click here.
May 18, 2013- By Steven E. Greer
A woman who lives in Gateway Plaza stopped me yesterday on South End Avenue to ask whether BatteryPark.TV could help eliminate the numerous plastic daily newspaper containers. There are more than ten of them along the commercial strip of LeFrak-leased shops, and virtually no one reads anything from them. This is also related to the nearby phone booth that no one uses, and that serves as a convenient excuse for Gristedes to pile crates and garbage.
These problems were raised at the last CB1 meeting by this author, but the esteemed board interrupted me and seemed to care little. If others in the community voiced their concerns, it would matter. You can contact the Community Board at firstname.lastname@example.org