Image courtesy of Bookbook.
Independent Village bookstore Bookbook–born Biography Books–at 266 Bleecker Street will be closing its doors on May 15, according to owners Carolyn Epstein and Charles Mullin, who say a rent hike was the final straw in the shop’s 35-year run. The shop was known for its packed bookshelves and browsable book table beneath an outdoor awning. The book-selling pair plan to pop up at various locations, including the Abingdon Square Farmers Market in the neighborhood–but you won’t find them selling books online.
The pair left their original location at 400 Bleecker when Marc Jacobs bought the building in 2010 and opened the boutique-y Bookmarc, moving just up the street to number 266. Despite the neighborhood’s steamroller of gentrification, the shop continued to be a community favorite for the decade that followed. The store’s owners explain in a farewell letter that, “We have been doing this for 35 years and it’s time for a road trip.”
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Images courtesy of Bookbook.
Neighborhoods : Greenwich Village