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City evicts stalwart vendor from Cooper Square newsstand

April 04, 2011 03:07PM

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Despite his beloved standing among locals, Jerry Delekas is getting evicted by the city from the newsstand he’s operated for 24 years on Astor Place and Lafayette Street in Cooper Square. According to the Daily News, Delekas hasn’t owned the license for the newsstand, and instead leases it — for $75 a week — from a couple which has since passed away. One of the license owners, Sheldon Ashley, tried to renew the license shortly before his death but was denied because he wasn’t the one working at the newsstand. Delakas himself attempted to renew the lease, but the city denied him too because the arrangement was deemed illegal. [NYDN]

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