Westsider Books

Upper West Side 

Via Google Street View

Editor’s Note 1/22/19: Westsider Books has been saved after over 800 people contributed to the campaign, raising more than $52,000 in just four days. The campaign’s organizer, Bobby Panza, told 6sqft: “It’s beautiful to see the community, at large, come together like this. Sometimes you don’t know what you have until the precipice of losing it. Most times you can’t go back and do anything, but here we could. And we did. Thank you to everyone involved. I hope we cherish the great things we love, like Westsider Books and patronize them to keep them in business.”

News broke earlier this week that the beloved Westsider Books, the Upper West Side’s last used book store, would be shutting its doors next month after 35 years at its home on Broadway between 80th and 81st Streets. Co-owner Dorian Thornley had told UWS blog West Side Rag that he would consider staying open if he could raise $50,000. And now a group of locals are trying to do just that, starting a Go Fund Me campaign and raising more than $27,000 in just one day! A tipster tells 6sqft that after hearing the news, a stunned Dorian said, “This renews my faith in humanity.”

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Upper West Side 

Inside Westsider Books, via Google Street View

The age of Amazon is now more in-your-face than ever for local bookstores. And though the Lower East Side’s McNally Jackson and Midtown’s Drama Book Shop were recently saved, it looks like the Upper West Side’s beloved Westsider Books will not be so lucky. West Side Rag reports that the shop, which opened on Broadway between 80th and 81st Streets 35 years ago, will close next month amid decreasing sales.

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