A dear friend alerted me to The New York Times article exposing the jeopardy Rizzoli Bookstore’s flagship faces. The owners of Rizzoli’s building on West 57th Street recently told Rizzoli that they plan to demolish the 109-year-old building, erasing a unique part of New York City’s architectural history, as well as one more in a long line of recent bookstore closings. There are only a few places left where patrons can buy books in the city, and the experience of Rizzoli never fails to elevate. From the 32-foot arched entrance, to the hand-wrought chandeliers, hand-carved marble door frame and cherry wood paneling, every visit uplifts the spirit. And the collection of books matches the charm the space exudes. If you feel so inclined, you can express your concern to the New York Landmarks Conservancy, here, in hopes of preserving this special piece of New York history.
*UPDATE* On April 11, 2014 Rizzoli’s flagship on 57th Street closed for good and the building was demolished.
Photography Beth Horta for Sweet Sabelle.