The tiny, ramshackle news stand that's held down the corner of Fifth Avenue and Ninth Street since at least 1931 has gotten a glassy makeover.
I was always a fan of S&P's previous incarnation, which was brimming with newspapers, magazines, fading Spanish-language advertisements, cigarette ads, and even a couple old pay phones. The new version has been stripped of all character, the newspapers and magazines are gone save for a couple dailies and popular periodicals, and the interior is essentially wall to wall refrigerator cases full of soda bottles and chip bags.
While the old news stand was decidedly run down and "nothing special," at least it had a hint of that old-school New York character. And while its replacement is shiny and new, it's just a glass box. I sense a trend.