Asked if she would be forced to sell the business that has been in her family for three generations, Wyden told Gothamist on Friday, "You just said that, and my heart dropped."
"We were honestly too optimistic about reopening," Strand owner Nancy Bass Wyden said.
"Thinking about opening those doors feels like the light at the end of a long tunnel... we're looking forward to bringing some joy (and some great books) to the Upper West Side."
She is wrestling with a disturbing irony of her success: authors, publishers, bookstore owners, and even Amazon are getting rich “because George Floyd died.”
“The Strand has survived catastrophes, from the Great Depression to 9/11, and weathered the schisms in the book industry that many predicted would put us out of business. After a century of beating the odds, we won’t give up now.”
McNally said in a statement they hoped to rehire the employees eventually.
There are no bookstores left in the Bronx, but one local woman hopes to change that.
The owners are retiring from bookselling on December 31st.
There are still some vibrant independent shops in town full of colorful, curated shelves and knowledgeable employees.
Bluestockings, a feminist bookstore that has hung tough on the Lower East Side for more than two decades, needs your help.
"I have three or four customers who are not into books, they just like coming here once in a while. One girl comes once a month from Brooklyn just to smoke pot."
There used to be 386 bookstores in the borough—now there are only 106.
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