Booksellers in New York City are selling out, leading to ‘disruptive and unproductive’ booksellers
NYCLU New York State Senator Dan Donovan said the New York Times’ announcement that it would not be reopening its bookstore in Manhattan’s Chinatown on Sept. 16 had “disrupted” bookstores in the city.
“If you are going to open a book store, you are supposed to be a catalyst for change,” Donovan told ABC News’ “This Week.”
“And that’s not what happened.
I have seen the impact it has had on the city.”
In an announcement on Friday, the Times said it would shutter its flagship New York store on Sept 17 in response to protests against the new Trump administration.
“The New York community is a very diverse place,” the newspaper said.
“And the New Yorkers we serve are deeply committed to diversity, and we have come to understand that diversity can only be accomplished through a dialogue.”
The closure comes after the New Yorker, which has more than 4 million readers a day, said it will move to an undisclosed location in Washington D.C.
The bookstore, at 590 Fifth Ave., is not the only one shuttered.
Last month, The Village Voice reported that the New Jersey bookstore the magazine has known since 1971 had been sold to a buyer in an undisclosed state, according to the website Business Insider.
“We are in the process of closing our Brooklyn store as part of our transition to a new corporate owner,” the store’s owner, Elizabeth Stoker, told Business Insider last month.
The sale is believed to be the largest in the business history of The Village, which is owned by a former Wall Street executive and its parent company is a venture capital firm, according the New Republic.
“It’s a sad day for New York,” said Stoker in a statement on Friday.
“But it’s not the first time that a bookstore has closed.
We’re just trying to survive the next few weeks.”
The Times, which launched its Times Square location in New Jersey in 2007, had previously said that it planned to relocate its headquarters to Brooklyn in the next year.
“After years of exploring alternative locations, including moving our headquarters to New Jersey, we have decided to relocate to a brand-new building in Brooklyn that will enable us to grow in a more sustainable and exciting way,” the Times wrote in a letter to employees.
“This move will be driven by our commitment to the people of Brooklyn, and the community in which we live.”
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that the decision to move the Times’ headquarters from the city’s financial district was “unacceptable.”
“The Times Square building will become the new home of The New York Bookseller, and our community will welcome it,” he said in a press release on Friday.
“We are committed to working with our community to revitalize our community and the city,” de Blasio continued.
“As the owner of The Times Square Booksellership, I will continue to work to ensure that the Times Square Building is an appropriate home for The New New York Bar and the Times.”
The New Yorker is not alone in closing stores in New Orleans.
Last week, The New Orleans Times-Picayune said it had shuttered its flagship bookstore, located at 821 Chartres St., in the area of the St. Tammany Parish Library.
The newspaper said it planned a relaunch next month.
“I’m sad to announce that The New Yorker will be closing its bookstore and bookstore at Chartres and Chartres.
This decision is not a decision I’ve made lightly,” the bookstore’s president, Joe McDaniel, told the paper.
“I’m not sure what this means for us.”
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