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An Eleventh Hour Scramble To Landmark the Interior of Rizzoli

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After previously rejecting an application to preserve the exterior of 31 West 57th Street, the home of the Rizzoli bookstore that's set to be demolished, the Landmarks Preservation Commission is considering another proposal to protect the gorgeous interior of the space, reports DNAinfo. However, they point out that the potential preservation doesn't guarantee that Rizzoli, who's slated to close this Friday, would stay there.

"It is important to note that if a building or interior is landmarked, the Commission does not regulate use," a spokeswoman said in a statement. "Therefore, a business—like a bookstore—can relocate at any time based on their specific lease agreements."

DNAinfo also pointed out that the owners of the building have not yet filed the permits for demolition, though they may just be waiting for the store to officially vacate.

So as of now, Rizzoli is still pushing forward with their 40% off moving sale—not closing sale, and is grateful for its loyal customers. "We have truly appreciated the outpouring of support from so many as the Rizzoli Bookstore enters the transition from its longtime home at 31 West 57th Street to its next chapter," executive director of publicity Pam Sommers wrote in an email.

"We have been scouting out new locations in Manhattan, and I am delighted to report that we have seen several very promising spaces," she continued. "While our 57th Street location will close its doors this Friday, April 11th, we very much plan—and expect to remain—a vital part of the city's cultural fabric for many years to come."

And as for their sale, Sommers adds that there are still great titles on sale in all categories. Her advice? "Kill all these birds with one stone: A last visit to a landmark store (though, alas, not a landmarked building!), gather some great books at a steep discount...and save the labors of those whose job it will be to pack up what remains for storage until our new store opens—hopefully, later this year!

Any information about a new storefront will be posted to their site.
· Last-Minute Landmarking Bid Could Save Rizzoli Bookstore Building [DNAinfo]
· The Rizzoli Bookstore's Last Day on 57th Street Is Friday [Racked NY]
· Tour the Beautiful, Historic Rizzoli Bookstore Before It Moves [Racked NY]