From the Daily News:
A dilapidated, shuttered newsstand that had become a magnet for graffiti and trash on Metropolitan Ave. near Fresh Pond Road was torn down several days ago.
Civic leaders and lawmakers spent years fighting to get the site cleaned up, but it was stuck in a municipal Bermuda Triangle.
The MTA, Long Island Rail Road and the city Transportation Department all have some jurisdiction over the area. City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley brokered a deal to get the LIRR to kick in $100,000 in capital funds to demolish the structure.
OK, let's set the record straight.
The State condemned this property in order to facilitate the rebuilding of the bridge over the LIRR at Fresh Pond Road and Metropolitan Ave. The newsstand had to be removed in order to make way for said project. Liz Crowley had absolutely nothing to do with funding for it. It was paid for by the MTA. It's amazing the shit that journalistic rags will print to make a pol look good.