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Good newsstands in Manhattan - near hotels

29 Nov 2011  I'm a newsprint junkie and NYC is probably America's best city for print news...still. Staying at some of NYC's hotels, sometimes the concierge or bellman know where the best nearest newsstand is... and sometimes they don't. Here's my personal list.
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Print news junkie staying in Manhattan? Need a good newsstand walkable from your hotel? This is a list of decent-to-good newsstands near some of the hotels where I've stayed.

  • Category: Best of
  • Traveler type: Culture, Shopping
  • Appeals to: Business travellers , Singles, Students, Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Casa Magainzes 22 8th Ave./between 12th St. and Jane St. (West Village)

    A LOT of magazines crammed into a very small space. Seems like there is always someone re-stocking and weeding out old issues. The small shop does a heavy business. Includes newspapers, international and domestic: Spanish, Italian, French. 22 8th Ave., Greenwich Village. (212) 645-1197. Subway: L train (8th Ave.) 1,2,3 trains (14th St.) and A,C,E (14th St.).

  • 2. Lafayette Smoke Shop & Newsstand - Spring Street at Lafayette (SoHo/Little Italy) - 63 Spring Street

    April 2014 UPDATE: Moved to the corner of Mulberry and Kenmare and is now called Mulberry Icon Magazines. Same management and same selection! Nearby hotels: Crosby Street Hotel at 39 Crosby St.; Mondrian Soho on Crosby St.
    Good, dependable 24 hour newsstand. Good magazine and foreign newspaper selection. Sample newspaper titles: International Herald-Tribune, Sunday (London) Times, FT, UK Guardian.
    63 Spring St. (at Lafayette, NW corner)
    (212) 226-3475
    Right next to the Spring St. station (4 and 6 trains).

  • 3. Shami Smokes & Magazines, 1886 B'way across from Lincoln Center, Tel. (212) 397-2205.

    Great international newsstand; carries all U.S. national dailies, Spanish, Italian, French and British magazines; French and Italian newspapers (LeMonde, Corre dela Serra); other European newspapers; Arabic newspapers. Great selection of art, fashion magazines and a pretty solid music collection (it's across from Lincoln Center so it should). Nearby hotels: Mandarin Oriental Columbus Circle, Empire Hotel, Trump Int'l., Essex House. Subway: Columbus Circle. When I was there it was staffed by a very helpful, friendly attendant.

  • 4. Hudson News - Grand Central Terminal - Lexington Passage

    Newsstand directly east of the great hall, in the Lexington Passage shopping concourse. This newsstand has just about everything that all of the other newsstands around town have, in one place: You can get all the U.S. national dailies (NYT, WSJ, FT); East coast newspapers (Wash. Post, Philly Inquirer, Boston Globe); European: LeMonde, Le Figaro, Corriere della Sera, other Italian newspapers, Die Zeit, Frankfurter Allgemeine and other German newspapers, local specialty papers like the Forward, at least one Hebrew newspaper; French art and fashion magazines, British magazines (no British newspapers that I saw); At least three papers in Arabic including Al Ashram (Egypt).

  • 5. Universal News - W. 23rd Street betw. 6th and 7th Aves. (Flatiron)

    Another of the Universal News chain - solid selection of magazines, some international newspapers. (212) 647-1761
    Nearby attractions: Eataly (Italian food) on Madison Square Park (23rd, B'way, 5th Ave.)
    Nearby landmarks: Flatiron Bldg., Madison Square Park, One Madison tower
    Nearby hotels: Morgans Hotel, Madison Ave.

  • 6. Universal News, 11 W 14th St, betw. 5th and 6th. (Chelsea/Flatiron)

    General newsstand with strong offering in arts magazines. Good travel section. Includes foreign magazines and newspapers. Coffee shop. 11 W. 14th Street between 5th Ave. and Avenue of the Americas (6th Ave.) (212) 627-5708

  • 7. Rizzoli Books, W. 57th, (Midtown)

    [April 2014 update: This location is now closed. Owners looking for a new space. Stay tuned.] 31 W. 57th between 5th Ave. and Ave of the Americas (6th Ave.). (212) 759-2424
    Great bookstore which also happens to have one of midtown's better selections of international newspapers, especially Italian. Sample titles: 24 Ore (Italian); Il Messaggero (Italian); Corriere Della (Italian); Daily Express (UK); Le Monde Diplomatique (French); London Review of Books; New York Review of Books. Also specializes in art magazines, including a French section.
    3 floors of books.
    Nearby hotels: Plaza, Park Lane, Jumeirah Essex House, Ritz Carlton, Mandarin Oriental.
    Other nearby landmarks: Bergdorf Goodman (1/2 block away); Apple Store; General Motors Building, 9 W. 57th/Solow Bldg.