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After several construction delays, St. Mark's Bookshop is now really and truly open in its new home in the East Village. They welcomed customers in on Saturday afternoon, and will be open every day from noon to 10pm.
Being back in business marks the end of a tumultuous period in the bookstore's 37-year history. A rent hike earlier this year had the owners facing closure at their Third Avenue spot, where they'd been since 1992, until an Indiegogo campaign funded a move to a city-owned building.
With less than half the space to work with here, they came up with cleverly-designed shelving that covers every wall. But construction was slow—they first planned to reopen "a few days" after closing up on Third Avenue, and after several delay announcements they posted to Facebook: "No more predictions. We reopen when we reopen, and we'll announce an opening party."
Opening party? Count us in, St. Mark's.
· St. Mark's Bookshop [Facebook]
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