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Along with the imminent closing of the beautiful Rizzoli bookstore this Friday comes the news that Shakespeare & Company might be losing its lease on Broadway. According to a tipster who wrote in to EV Grieve, "The landlord wants more money for the storefront here between Washington Place and Waverly Place…an increase that's too much for Shakespeare to manage."
Shakespeare & Co. has yet to make an official announcement about its closure, and that could be because they're trying to stay alive. The tipster also reported that some longtime customers are thinking of starting a fundraising campaign (like the one for St. Mark's Bookshop) to help it retain its lease or move to a more affordable location.
The shop has been around for more than 30 years and is just down the street from NYU's bookstore. Their other city locations include stores near CUNY Hunter and Brooklyn College, and they previously operated on the Upper West Side and on 23rd Street.
·Shakespeare & Company Loses Lease on Broadway [EV Grieve]
·The Rizzoli Bookstore's Last Day on 57th Street Is Friday [Racked NY]
·St. Mark's Bookshop Relocating to Third Street, Funds Pending [Racked NY]