The Legendary Strand Bookstore Sure Looks Like It Will Soon Be Out Of Business
The Writing Is Not On The Wall, But On The Shelves
Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 was playing over the sound system at the Strand Bookstore on Broadway and 12th Street this week. It’s a classical composition heightened with drama and a dirge-like quality. And unfortunately it suits the current state of Strand.
The atmosphere of Strand now resembles a morgue. It’s a shell of what it has been to generations of New Yorkers.
A Store In Trouble
While the pandemic has put thousands of retail shops down for the count permanently, the 94-year-old Strand has tenaciously hung in there. Labor disputes at the store have been featured in the news and an appeal to buyers to support the Strand made International news headlines in the autumn.
But from what I’ve seen, it appears that saving the Strand will be difficult. Continue reading