After being rescued this winter by a family with the generosity to support independent bookstores, Bonnie Slotnick is just about ready to open the doors to her new store at 28 East Second Street. The cookbook sage, who had sold rare and out-of-print texts from West 10th Street until a rent hike last year, gave a first look of the space to Jeremiah's Vanishing New York this weekend before its official debut this Wednesday.
The new store, much larger than the last space and freshly painted, looks a bit like your grandma's old sitting room: unexplored and a bit chaotic, yet filled with potential for hidden treasures. "They didn't like being packed in boxes," Slotnick told the blog of her carefully selected books. "They like being in the light...they're ready to meet their public once again."
This East Village space also comes complete with a backyard that'll come in handy for book parties once New York is not arctic, as well as a working fireplace—though it probably won't get much use. "Fire and smoke don't go well with books," Slotnick said.