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St. Mark’s Bookshop Gets Some Time, But Not Much

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

If things had gone as planned, the St. Mark’s Bookshop would’ve been closed for good by now. But the store has received a stay of execution and is still holding out, selling off its books at half-price while hoping for a miracle– or at least more investors to join the two who have already stepped up. Still, with new information surfacing about the plan for a St. Mark’s redux, it’s not looking good. Asked how long he thought the store had, owner Bob Contant guessed, “We might be here until the end of the month.”

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St. Mark’s Bookshop Receives ‘Execution Notice,’ Down to Final Hours

Thin shelves spell bad news for St. Mark's Bookshop (Photo via St. Mark's Bookshop)

Thin shelves spell bad news for St. Mark’s Bookshop (Photo via St. Mark’s Bookshop)

A lawyer for the struggling St. Mark’s Bookshop tells us “they’re probably not going to be around much longer, we’re talking days.” Since we last reported on the shop’s fight against eviction in the face of $62,000 in back rent, its problems have only mounted in the form of a $34,400 tax lien and a dispute with one of its biggest book distributors involving thousands more dollars in debt. Yesterday, the shop announced a “clearance sale” in a last-ditch effort to raise money before a forthcoming auction.

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At This Cookbook Store Hosting Guest Chefs, the Vibe Will Be ‘Medieval Sicily Meets Colorful Mid-Century Modern’

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

On Huron Street just off the Greenpoint G-Train stop, Paige Lipari is meticulously planning a world where she hopes foodies will feel deliciously at home. At Archestratus Books, slated to open late summer/early fall, Lipari will house hundreds of carefully curated cookbooks and host small, ticketed dinner parties with a warm, intimate atmosphere.

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Molasses Goes From Book Hawker to Publisher

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

Matt Winn, the owner of Molasses Books, describes his business as “just a small used book shop that happens to have a bar at the far wall,” which is maybe too modest a description for one of Brooklyn’s literary hubs. After two years of running the shop successfully, Winn says he’s finally in a position to do something he’s always wanted to do: start his own press.
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How Catland Owner Phillip English Used Norse Magic to Be Homecoming King

(Photo: Kate Beaudoin)

(Photo: Kate Beaudoin)

“Can I have some of your hair?”

Phillip English isn’t kidding. So, after hesitating a beat, I pluck a strand of hair from my head. He gingerly places the hair in a small baggie, seals it shut, and writes my name on it with a Sharpie.
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Shakespeare & Co.: ‘We’re Not Going Anywhere Until Something Happens’

(Photo: Jenna Marotta)

(Photo: Jenna Marotta)

Last we checked in with Shakespeare & Co., it wasn’t ready to comment about rumors of a “possible closure.” Now manager Margot Liddell confirms that the bookstore can’t afford the current rent — an undisclosed figure that she said is triple what it used to pay. But it isn’t ready to admit defeat.

“The store has been for rent for a year,” said Liddell, adding that from her count, the landlord has been through at least three realtors. “No one has rented the space. So we’re here until we’re not. We’re not going anywhere until something happens and that’s the truth.”
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Lefty Lions Ralph Nader and Elizabeth Warren Are Plugging New Books

warrenJust a few days after Chelsea Clinton announced at the Lower Eastside Girls Club that she’ll soon make Bill & Hill grandparents, Liberal Dream Week continues with a pair of progressive pols putting in appearances at Barnes & Noble Union Square.

Tonight at 7 p.m., five-time presidential candidate Ralph Nader will promote his new book, Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State. A bookseller at the store said Nader will most likely give a reading and sign copies.
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Three Bookselling Institutions Get Ready For Their Next Chapters

(Photo: Jenna Marotta)

(Photo: Jenna Marotta)

There’s real estate news from three of the city’s book-selling institutions.

The rumors about Shakespeare & Co.’s possible closure are getting harder to ignore. The space that houses the decades-old bookstore, at 716 Broadway, is available for lease, said Brendan Gotch, director of retail leasing for Massey Knakal, who is handling the listing.
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This Itinerate Bookstore Is Settling Down and Adding a Cafe Bar

(Photo: BGS-QD's Facebook)

(Photo: BGS-QD’s Facebook)

After raising a little over $20,000 this summer, the Bureau of General Services – Queer Division has secured a home for at least the next year.

Back in September, the queer bookstore and events space, where performance artists like Shane Shane and LES legend Penny Arcade have been known to let their freak flags fly, left Strange Loop Gallery, its home of nine and a half months, and took up residence at Cage gallery, around the corner at 83A Hester Street. (Strange Loop, by the way, will celebrate its two-year anniversary with a burlesque show on Thursday.) Now the bookstore announces that it’ll stay at Cage through 2014.
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