The Magazine Racket

Andy Giordano, general manager of Yankee News—a magazine wholesaler that supplies newsstands throughout Connecticut—approaches magazine Nirvana. With a grand gesture, he sweeps open the door of Greenwich, Connecticut’s Avenue News. “This,” he says, “is the cream of the crop.” Fifty covers form a bright grid in the window display. Inside, owner Nick Kurji glides across the 20-foot newsstand with an automatic grace; straightening a stack of Countryside, tucking copies of Senior Golfer in back, pulling stacks of Omni up front. Browsers move about with silent intent; magazines are thumbed, flipped through and brought to the register in a steady stream.