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Save Rizzoli Committee Loses the Fight to Keep the Store's Ceiling

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The Rizzoli Bookstore was demolished last month, and the people behind the Save Rizzoli Committee lost another battle this week: to save the store's beautiful, historic ceilings. Formerly a Sohmer & Co piano showroom, the ornate vaulted ceilings were one of the most iconic elements of the store.

Our sister site posted the following announcement from the committee's blog that explains: "At some point next week, the ceiling will be destroyed. Working downward from the third floor, Vornado's contractors will jackhammer into the ceiling from above, reducing what was once a sublime neo-classical confection to dust and rubble.

Future plans, as you may have heard or merely suspected, are for a luxury condo.

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