Last Thursday, Publishers Weekly reported that St. Mark's Bookshop had found a new retail space "in the East Village in a space near Avenue A and Third Street." The article didn't mention where, exactly, the rent-challenged new store will be.
According to the article, the shop will leave its Third Avenue home and its Cooper Union landlord for a space that "would be about half of the store's current size, or 1,300 sq. ft."
So where exactly is this relocation going to happen? We understand that the owners aren't ready to divulge the details. Readers made some guesses on Friday.
The most practical space is 136 E. Third St., where Landmark Bicycles was housed before moving to the northwest corner of East Third and Avenue A.
The NYCHA is the landlord at No. 136. Here is a description of the space:
136 East 3rd Street
Rentable Square Footage: 1,328
Rent: $60.00 per square foot
$79,680 per year/$6,640.00 per month
The square footage is right. And the space is ready for a new tenant. The NYCHA notes that an application is in process for the space.
Previously on EV Grieve:
Report: St. Mark's Bookshop prepping fundraiser ahead of possible move to Avenue A
A little weird to open the article with the question:
"Is this the new home for the St. Mark's Bookshop?" right on top of a picture of the "old" St. Mark's Bookshop.
@ anon 8:09
Good point! I took out the photo of the current location.
I've been in every St Marks Bookshop since the 1970s when they had a store on one side of St Marks then moved to a bigger one across the street, and finally settling on 3rd Ave. I've read and bought some great books therein, wish them luck on Ave A as well.
Hey, it's not good to speculate. Rumors could run rampant and someone could get hurt. :)
We just have to wait and see!
oh that would be on our block! that would be great. yesterday I had to buy a bunch of toys and little gifts to prep for thanksgiving and decided to stay local - - village kids footwear and essex street card shop were *perfect*. love shopping local.
It's not a bad location but . . . we'll see if St. Mark's makes the move. I suspect the fund raiser will have to be surprisingly successful and the stars aligned just so for it to happen. And for them to survive, they will need more attentive management and plenty of good luck. I wish them the best and, yes, I'll buy books from them if they reopen.
that's quite an isolated area, isn't it? i wonder if a bookshop would survive there.
they should just move to the former location of sushi lounge on st marks and ave a.
Doesn't that Chillmaster guy live down the street? Here's and idea for an instore event: "Chillmaster reads the classics."
Half the floorspace would be good for them.
Excellent. I'll be sure not to shop there either.
- East Villager
1:07PM, Yeah! Chillmaster lives on that street! I'd pay to listen to him read. I hope he starts with 1984 or Brave New World.
"Chillmaster reads the classics."
who is the chillmaster?
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