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Want to Design a ‘Sexier’ Newspaper Box? This Contest Is For You

(DNAINFO)  Maya Rajamani | April 18, 2017 — MIDTOWN SOUTH — A local NYPD precinct council hopes to replace the city’s ubiquitous plastic newspaper boxes with “sexier” ones that don’t pose a safety risk to pedestrians.

The Midtown South Community Council — which addresses quality-of-life issues raised by residents living within the precinct‘s boundaries — has launched a contestseeking designs for a new, “aesthetically pleasing” news rack, box or dispenser.

The existing boxes are “nuisances” that impede walkways and that pedestrian often topple and use as seats, the council said in a release.

“We are seeking an innovative design that highlights the papers, provides for the following qualities of being damage proof, unmovable, trim and slim,” the release said.

Designs must also meet city Department of Transportation requirements for outdoor news racks.

The initiative is part of the council’s beautification program, council president John Mudd told DNAinfo New York.

“They’re all over the city, and they’re ugly — they’re all marked up,” Mudd said of the existing boxes, echoing complaints New Yorkers have been voicing for years.

Source: Want to Design a ‘Sexier’ Newspaper Box? This Contest Is For You – Midtown South – DNAinfo New York