A trip down memory lane

Cervantes, from January 19, 2009 to November 20, 2011

 A trip down memory lane

This website has been inactive for more than 10 years.

Very few of its posts attracted many readers, with one exception: Schindler’s List found in Sydney, which had almost 9,000 hits on April 6, 2019:

https://wordpress.com/post/abluteau.wordpress.com/11702

On the same day, another Australian news item was posted: Australian canine castaway found. No interest at all for this canine Robinson Crusoe story.

https://wordpress.com/post/abl

By far, the most popular post over the years, with more than 20,000 views was posted on March 30, 2009.

https://www.spiegel.de/international/zeitgeist/clothes-strictly-forbidden-nudist-hotel-planned-in-germany-a-616379.html

Nudist Hotel Planned in Germany

Clothes will be strictly forbidden on the premises of Germany’s first hotel for nudists, which will open shortly in the southwestern Black Forest region.

Nudism has always been popular in Germany.

Nudism has always been popular in Germany. Foto: DPA

Investors plan to set up a hotel catering exclusively to nudists in the picturesque Black Forest town of Freudenstadt, which incidentally translates as Town of Joys.

Guests will be required to remove their clothes at the entrance and must be naked at all times while on the premises, according to the strict house rules that have already been posted on the Internet.

“We hope to open as soon as possible,” Silvia Probsthain, a member of staff at the planned Hotel Rosengarten, told SPIEGEL ONLINE. “It will be the first comprehensively nudist hotel in Germany.” There are similar hotels catering for nudists in Scandinavia, Croatia and the south of France, said Probsthain.

The rules state that all guests must put towels on chairs and loungers before using them, that there be no sexual harassment and that all sexual activity in commonly accessible rooms is strictly forbidden. People who break the rules will have to put their clothes on and leave.

Freudenstadt’s tourism director Michael Krause said the contracts for the hotel hadn’t been finalized yet and that it was unclear when the project will go ahead. “I’m in two minds,” Krause told SPIEGEL ONLINE. “It’s always good if a new hotel is set up but I’d prefer a normal hotel concept.”

Nude hiking is proving increasingly popular in Germany and two villages in the central Harz mountain range plan to mark special forest hiking routes for naked ramblers. The practice is frowned on in neighboring Switzerland, however, where authorities plan to fine such   behavior

Newsstands

kiosque may 22

Newsstand, Paris, France

Photo: http://photos.linternaute.com/photo/1290152/1332090422/1429/le-kiosque-a-journaux/

Yesterday’s News

IN 2006, the photographer Rachel Barrett began documenting Manhattan’s newsstands, the makeshift sidewalk stores that sell candy, soda and lottery tickets, as well as newspapers and magazines. To date, she has photographed all 236 that she could find.

Ms. Barrett was drawn to the newsstands because they are ubiquitous and largely taken for granted, and because they forcefully demonstrate that New York, unlike cities whose streets have lost their vitality to car culture, still teems with on-the-run pedestrians.

For the photographer, these grass-roots businesses present variations on a theme. Each reflects the personality and business acumen of its owner as well as the needs and tastes of its neighborhood.

A newsstand on Water Street and Whitehall in the financial district attracts attention with a bright red paint job and prominent displays of upscale magazines and Vitamin Water. A Harlem newsstand on Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard and 135th Street sports a well-worn office chair where its owner sits and chats with passers-by.

When Ms. Barrett started her project, she did not realize she was photographing the end of an era. Until recently, newsstand operators owned their stands and paid the city $1,000 for two-year licenses. In 2003, the city enacted Local Law 64, which required owners to give up their stands but allowed them to operate city-owned structures at no cost. In 2006, the city signed a contract with the Spanish conglomerate Cemusa to build 3,300 bus shelters, 300 newsstands and 20 public toilets.

The new newsstands began to appear last year. The old stand on West 57th Street west of Fifth Avenue, for example, which was photographed by Ms. Barrett, is gone. Like mom-and-pop storefronts, this New York tradition is quickly fading from view.

newstand 1

Manhattan’s newsstands present variations on a theme. Each reflects the personality and business acumen of its owner as well as the needs and tastes of its neighborhood. This newsstand on Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard and 135th Street in Harlem sports a well-worn office chair where its owner sits and chats with passers-by.

newstand 2

New York, unlike cities whose streets have lost their vitality to car culture, still teems with on-the-run pedestrians. This newsstand is on Broadway and 86th Street.

newstand 3

But like mom-and-pop storefronts, independently owned newsstands are quickly fading. Plastic walls help protect this stand on Amsterdam Avenue and 79th Street from wind and rain.

newstand 4

Until recently, newsstand operators owned their stands and paid the city $1,000 for two-year licenses. This stand is located on First Avenue and 79th Street.

newsstand 5

In 2003, the city passed Local Law 64, which required owners to give up their stands but allowed them to operate a city-owned structure at no cost. In 2006, the city signed a contract with the Spanish conglomerate Cemusa to design, build and maintain 300 newsstands. As the new stands are built, passers-by will no longer see hand-painted signs like the one on this stand at Second Avenue and 67th Street.

newsstand 6

Lottery tickets get prime advertising space at this newsstand on Lexington Avenue and 53rd Street.

newsstand 7

This old stand on 57th Street west of Fifth Avenue, shown here last summer, is now gone.

newsstand 8

Some stands, like this one at Seventh Avenue and 49th Street, fit refrigerators into their tight spaces.

newsstand 9

Like many New York businesses, this stand at Wall and Broad Streets features a security gate.

newstand 10

A newsstand on Water and Whitehall Streets in the Financial District attracts attention with a bright red paint job and prominent displays of upscale magazines and Vitamin Water.

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Full article and photos: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/06/nyregion/thecity/06news.html

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