A longtime newsstand in Lower Manhattan that had been padlocked for operating without the proper license is reopening, with operator Jerry Delakas crediting Mayor Bill de Blasio for making it possible, The New York Times reported. Delakas attended de Blasio’s Gracie Mansion open house on Jan. 5 and talked to the mayor briefly. The stand has been a fixture on Astor Place since 1987, but was closed last month after the Department of Consumer Affairs said Delakas’ monthly fee arrangement wasn’t legal. Delakas agreed to pay $9,000 in fines and his stand will reopen Tuesday.
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