Posted by on 22 February 2012

Transportation officials want to knock down a Chinatown newsstand that’s been in the same spot for 35 years — after suddenly discovering that it’s a precious 3 inches too close to the building it faces.

“They came and measured, and the [Department of Transportation] said the newsstand is 3 inches too short for a clear path,” said Marilyn Louie, who has operated the newsstand at 18 Bowery for decades.

“This is the only job I’ve had. I’ve supported my kids with this. This is my only living, I don’t think it is fair for just a few inches,” she said.

One suspects that a petty regulator is compensating for three inches of his own….

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