While many folks here have voiced that they’re not offended by the “Aesthetic Crimes of Henry Street” some Brooklyn Heights residents are FREAKING OUT over “explicit” images on display at a Court Street newsstand:
NY Times Blogs: At Newsstands…: It was the kind of explicit image that used to be at home in adult bookstores or discreetly displayed at the newsstand so that buyers had to ask for it sotto voce. But there it was, brazenly hanging over the Juicy Fruit at a newsstand on Court Street, on the edge of Brooklyn Heights: an image of a woman showing off her bare backside as she wore just enough fabric to make a necktie….
…“Oh, we’ve had complaints,” said Irene Janner of the Brooklyn Heights Association. “But the problem with newsstands is that they have First Amendment protection about what they want to sell. One down on Court Street is pretty raunchy, but it’s on a commercial street and it’s not ours.
“But nobody in the city would want to take them on unless it’s really hard-core porn.” She added that the situation had existed so long at some Brooklyn newsstands that “people have just given up.”