Earlier this year it was announced that newsstands across subway stations would be swapped out for the convenience of vending machines, and the time has come.
CVS vending machines are the first to make their subway debut with several popping up at busy stations like Union Square and the 1/2/3 line station at Chambers Street. At these new kiosk machines you won’t find any magazines or newspapers, but you’ll certainly find plenty of over-the-counter medication and on-the-go toiletries. There’s also a few options for snacks on offer, but it currently seems limited. Also, are they taking requests? Can we maybe get a water or two in there?
The MTA decided to move from traditional newsstands to self-serve vending machines in an effort to save money and also make use of many of the empty storefronts at various stations. According to a report from March, the MTA noted that straphangers were already cutting out their candy and newspaper purchases which left about 40% of the 326 available spaces already empty. Of those, 86 spaces went up for rent.
While these airport-style kiosks will come in handy for New Yorkers’ on the go lifestyle, it’ll never be the same as grabbing a water, pack of gum, or newspaper from the old school stands. Those days are officially over.
featured image source: MTA
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