Out of Town News
The newsstand was long noted for stocking the leading newspapers from around the nation and around the world. Customers, especially academics, would come long distances to get the most recent editions of their home town paper, or of newspapers from parts of the world where important news events were unfolding.
In 2008, it was announced that the newsstand might go out of business because its unique function of supplying yesterday's Times of India or Le Monde, flown in overnight, was made obsolete by the ability to read them online. However, in January 2009 a new owner signed a lease to take over the newsstand and keep it alive.
Since the MBTA Red Line extension was finished in the 1980s, the newsstand has been housed in the former MBTA kiosk, a National Historic Landmark built in 1928 as a shelter for the Harvard Square stop on the Boston Elevated Railway, a precursor to the MBTA.
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- "'Out of Town News' Not Going Out of Business". WBZ-TV. 2008-01-29. Retrieved 2008-01-28.
- Howland, Sarah J. (November 19, 2008). "Facing Lease Problems, Newsstand May Soon Close: Out of Town News set to decline lease renewal". Harvard Crimson. Retrieved 2009-12-14.