Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Renovations at the future St. Mark's Bookshop on East 3rd Street
As you likely know St. Mark's Bookshop will be on the move to 136 E. Third St. just west of Avenue A later this year... the rent-challenged store reportedly officially signed the lease last week.
Meanwhile, there has been activity inside No. 136, as the above photo by EVG reader Yenta Laureate shows.
The city OK'd permits for renovations here last week. Per the all-cap DOB style: "GENERAL CONSTRUCTION ASSOCIATED WITH BOOKSTORE TENANT FITOUT IN EXISTING COMMERCIAL SPACE
As the Times reported, the new store will be half the size of the current one, but the rent of $6,000 is barely one-quarter of the $23,500 charged by their landlord on Third Avenue, the Cooper Union.
According to the DOB permits, $36,500 is the estimated cost for renovations. On Friday night, the Bookshop wrapped up a successful crowdfunding campaign to raise money to finance the move.
The space at No. 136 previously housed Landmark Bicycles, who moved last year to the northwest corner of East Third and Avenue A.
Previously on EV Grieve:
Report: St. Mark's Bookshop prepping fundraiser ahead of possible move to Avenue A.
Is this the new home for the St. Mark's Bookshop?