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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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Two Different Stories at EV Bookstores: One Booms, the Other Busts

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

The St. Mark’s Bookshop has now officially announced what we broke news of two weeks ago — that it’s facing eviction by the New York City Housing Authority. In an email sent yesterday, co-owner Bob Contant asks followers to donate money so that the troubled shop can restock its shelves, get an interested investor to take over its lease, and fulfill the terms of a settlement with the city. So far, a crowdfunding campaign has raised just over $21,800 of the desired $150,000.

But don’t fire up that “print is dead” thought piece just yet. While things look pretty dire for the Bookshop, its East Village neighbor, Strand Book Store, is touting its best holiday season ever, and has announced that yearly traffic was up by 30,000 people.

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St. Mark’s Bookshop Now Facing Eviction By the City

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

After a hopeful move to a new location, the beleaguered St. Mark’s Bookshop is once again in danger of closing due to a dispute with its landlord. This time, it’s facing possible eviction by the New York City Housing Authority, which alleges that the beloved bookshop owes over $62,000 in rent.

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Talks and Readings: ‘Badass’ Novelist, Comic Books Club, and Trivia Tidbits

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The Sellout, the latest novel by satirist Paul Beatty (The White Boy Shuffle), takes on some pretty big themes; it challenges “the sacred tenets of the United States Constitution, urban life, the civil rights movement, the father-son relationship, and the holy grail of racial equality–the black Chinese restaurant,” according to the blurb on the website for St. Mark’s Bookshop, where Beatty will read from his novel tonight. Evidently you don’t have to read much of The Sellout to be hooked; a New York Times review stated it contains “the most caustic and the most badass first 100 pages of an American novel I’ve read in at least a decade.” April 14 at 7 p.m. St. Mark’s Bookshop, 136 East Third Street (East Village).

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At Last, a Look Inside the New St. Mark's Bookshop

The new St Mark's Bookshop location (Photos: Kirsten O'Regan)

The new St Mark’s Bookshop location (Photos: Kirsten O’Regan)

After a spate of setbacks and slowdowns, St. Mark’s Bookshop has reopened in its new digs at 136 East Third Street. It’s the beloved book store’s fourth iteration since opening in the East Village in 1977. It had been at its previous spot off of Third Avenue since 1992.
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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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