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LAist's Best Of: Newsstand Edition
Here at LAist, we like to think of ourselves as purists.
None of this going into a bookstore to buy a magazine. No visits to indoor coffee shops just to pick up a paper. No sidewalk dispensing glossy covered soft-core classified mags. We like to go to the newsstand. The old-school, no-heat, street side newsstands.
But there are good newsstands and bad newsstands (just like good people and bad people) and so LAist decided that for all you word lovers and picture gazers and article perusers who love to be outside (and those who have no money for mags and just want to read them for free while standing upright)...we'd tell you the best places to do just that.
In Los Angeles, there are newsstands everywhere. In fact, there's a newsstand in existence for about every 4 square mile radius in town. Of said stands, there a few that are better than others. And they include:
Beverly Drive Newsstand (Beverly Hills, CA): Located just South of Wilshire Boulevard on the busy Beverly Drive, this newsstand is at the top of our list. Not only are the magazines fresh (i.e., none of those wrinkled, over-read, 2nd hand copies) and the stand itself is way long (read: great selection), but the B.H. newsstand has wonderful/friendly staff and a pretty sizeable candy aisle. Well, maybe it's not a candy aisle, but you can get gum, cigs, candy and much more while you're checking out with your latest mags and papers. Not to mention, there's no hassling about perusing. Check this one off as a Free Perusal Zone and easily accessible with a great free parking structure right next door.
Sunset Boulevard Newsstand (W. Hollywood, CA): Located in West Hollywood on Sunset Boulevard right next to Book Soup, this newsstand may not have the ease of parking that the B.H. one has, but it's got a huge thing going for it -- obscure publications. Looking for that bi-monthly French language architecture magazine? They've got it. Looking for a once a year poetry rag? They'll have it. And with local restaurants and bars within walking distance, you can enjoy your favorite reads with a beer or some grub.
Kings Road Newsstand (W. Hollywood, CA): Located at the corner of Beverly
Drive Boulevard and Kings Road is third on our list of world-dominating newsstands. Although parking here isn't nearly as easy as the B.H. stand and not as eclectic as the Sunset Blvd. location (you're gonna have to park and walk for this place), this newsstand provides a nice selection in an off-the-beaten path area that doesn't make you feel like ten steps to the left lives death-defying speeding traffic. And with King's Road Cafe just around the corner, you've got coffee and great food at your fingertips.
What are your favorite newsstands in LA, and why?