Last night, united voices carried the exuberant revelry of Osama bin Laden’s death from Times Square to Ground Zero. Tweets kept others updated about where the masses were congregating.
This morning, headlines exclaimed celebratory chants that “Bin Laden is Dead,” displayed proudly on newsstands around the city. That was this morning. Now, in the early afternoon, the aluminum shelves and racks that typically carry copies of The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal and the New York Post among other publications late into the evening are empty. Bathroom stalls and subway benches are unusually clean of newsprint. And tweets are asking for leads on where, if anywhere, there are newspapers that have eluded purchase.
Kim’s newsstand, on the corner of 44th and Broadway, along with his Times Square peers and fellow midtown newsstand owners were soldout within hours of their daily shipment’s morning arrival. Lee, whose newsstand is just down the block at 43rd and Broadway, claims to have sold his final copy an hour and a half after opening shop.
New Yorkers and tourists alike are sweeping the streets for a souvenir of the day that in many ways closed the decade-long chapter that began on September 11th, 2001. Joel Steinberg, a Williamsburg resident, spent his half-hour lunch break searching for a copy of The Times, but, 11 blocks north of his office on 33rd, has given up and decided to grab a sandwich at Lenny’s on 9th Ave before heading back down.
“I didn’t even think of it until 11 this morning. I always walk by a few bodegas on the way to the station,” Steinberg shrugged. “People at work was talking about it and thought I would give it a go, try to find one. Seems like everyone else felt the same way.”