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Winner of OUTRAGE! Nasty Newsracks Competition Announced

The Municipal Art Society Streetscapes Committee today announced the winner of its OUTRAGE! Nasty Newsracks photo contest, held during the summer and early fall. The winning photograph (at right – click to enlarge) is by Laura Dodd and depicts several newsracks near a bus-stop on the southeast corner of 4th Avenue and 9th Street. The photo was judged to be the winner because it shows multiple violations of the City’s ordinances regulating newsracks: the newsracks are less than 15 feet away from a fire hydrant and all within a bus-stop zone; the bus is forced to discharge passengers outside of the bus-stop to avoid depositing them amid the racks; the newsracks are also dirty and unkempt, with one being used as a trash receptacle, and the glass door of another having been smashed in.

Ms. Dodd received a $100 gift certificate to the Urban Center Books store at 457 Madison Avenue as first prize.

Violations of the city’s ordinances regulating newracks have been of concern to several BIDs, civic groups and neighborhood associations, which formed the NYC Newsrack Committee in order to find out why current laws are not working and how they can be improved and tightened.

View the ten finalist photos of the OUTRAGE! photo contest.