Indie newsstands are better than a peep showthey let you touch the goods as long as you want, mixing thumbprints with those of strangers who read before you. Why be caught dead at the Barnes & Noble magazine racks, when you can patronize the city's newsstands? Stumbling home at 5 a.m., buy a newspaper at a local kiosk. Before a date, expose yourself to enough glossy mags and neon to wake you up for days. Signs of a good newsstand: an ATM, music, cheerful clerks, subscription cards scattered on the floor.
UNIVERSAL NEWS & CAFÉ 484 Broadway, 212-965-9042, open 6 a.m. to midnight Mag mecca, claiming over 7,000 titles and catering to every taste.
LAFAYETTESMOKE SHOP 63 Spring Street, 212-226-3475, open Sunday through Thursday 5:30 a.m. to 1 a.m., Friday and Saturday to 2 a.m. A few glossies and journals, good for a quick fix.
KIOSK Delancey and Clinton streets, 212-353-9370, open 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. Reliable source in a nabe where delivery can be unpredictable.
SS INTERNATIONAL 405 Sixth Avenue, 212-243-8734, open 24-7 In business since 1948, more tent than store. Bonus for those with expense accounts: cheerful about issuing receipts.
GLOBAL NEWS, A/K/A CASA MAGAZINES 22 Eighth Avenue, 212-645-1197, open 6 a.m. to midnight Caters to sophisticates, with a wide range of foreign papers, fashion and art mags. Journals hung from the rafters.
GEM SPA 131 Second Avenue, 212-995-1866, open 24-7 Gets the Times between 5 and 6 a.m. Bonus: egg creams, cute clerks.
ST. MARK'S BOOKSHOP 31 Third Avenue, 212-260-7853, open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to midnight, Sunday 11 a.m. to midnight Best source for lit mags and zines. Beware McSweeney's overload.
GALLAGHER'S PAPER COLLECTIBLES Basement of 126 East 12th Street, 212-473-2404, open daily 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Where do slick books go when they die? To this morgue, which houses stacks of 1920s Vogue, ancient Harper's Bazaar , and mid-century Playboys. Bonus: old issues of Spy.
MIDATLANTIC NEWS 83 Third Avenue, 212-533-4635, open daily 9 a.m. to midnight Glossies galore. Bonus: Internet connection.
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UNION SQUARE MAGAZINE SHOP 200 Park Avenue South, 212-598-0618, open Monday through Thursday 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday to midnight, Saturday 7 a.m. to midnight, Sunday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Loads of foreign/domestic mags and papers. Bonus: porn at eye level.
NATIONAL NEWS 302 Third Avenue, 212-473-8080, open 5 a.m. to midnight Some foreign papers along with glossies geared to the School of Visual Arts crowd.
A&H 94 Seventh Avenue, 212-741-1442, 5 a.m. to midnight Run by Yemenis. Foreign papers galore.
UNIVERSAL NEWS & CAFÉ 29 West 35th Street, 212-594-3302, 6 a.m to midnight Glossies for the Fairchild crowd. Bonus: They let you haggle for cheap cigarettes.
AROUND THE WORLD 28 West 40th Street, 212-575-8543, open Sunday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fashion mags to die for. Bonus: design books (Medieval Tile Designs).
UNIVERSAL NEWS 234 West 42nd Street, 212-221-1809, open 24-7 Domestic and foreign glossies,
standout selection of foreign and U.S. papers. Drawback: brass bull souvenirs.
KIOSK Southwest corner of 42nd Street and Seventh Avenue, open 24-7 Gets New York Times between 4 and 5 a.m., sometimes earlier.
UPPER WEST SIDE
KIOSK Southwest corner of Broadway and 116th Street, open 24-7 Gets New York Times between 5 and 5:30 a.m.
GLOBAL INK 2876 Broadway, 212-280-5071, open Monday through Saturday 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aptly named. Glossies, foreign papers and mags. Journals at back. Bonus: comics for kids.
LABYRINTH BOOKS 536 West 112th Street, 212-865-1588, open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Hard-to-find literary journals and magazines (Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture), plus back issues. Drawback: journal rack in entrance not conducive to lurking.
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