I recently contributed an article entitled Occupy Manhattan Storefronts to New York public TV station WNET’s online magazine, Metro Focus. The indie business situation in New York is changing rapidly, and a new report from Center for an Urban Future reveals that the tide is actually turning in our direction, for a surprising reason. Rents have gotten so high that chainstores are retrenching, and I describe the way some indie booksellers are deploying their uniqueness to raise money directly from neighbors, many of whom wish to ensure that unusual local businesses stay in business.

 

2 Responses to Occupy Manhattan Storefronts

  1. Annie says:

    Hi Andy,
    Loved the book (just finished!).
    I was hoping for a copy of that press statement you sent out upon closure of the Children’s Bookstore – mentioned on page 152. Any idea where I could find one?
    Thanks!

    • admin says:

      Thanks so much for reading the book. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

      Sadly I don’t have a copy of that press statement, and I don’t know who would have one. All I could find by way of exact text from it were the quotes in the two newspaper articles that commented on the statement after it was originally sent out. (One was written by Richard Roeper.) The two articles are referenced in Rebel Bookseller’s endnotes.

      I can tell you that the store’s closing press statement was the first time I summed up in words the ideas later laid out in chapter four of Rebel Bookseller, about the mechanism whereby chain bookstore over-ordering practices have forced book cover-prices to double.

      Best, Andy

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