Welcoming a new iteration of the Rizzoli Bookstore to the neighborhood.
For 50 years, the Rizzoli bookstore in Manhattan stood as a beacon in the world of independent bookstores. Its 57th Street location, where it was located for nearly 30 years, was as grand as a palace but so wam with character that you wanted to plop right down and start reading. The interior of the space was defined by intricate vaulted ceilings, an enormous arched window, cherry wood shelves everywhere, and a general sense of old-timey where's-my-scotch opulence.
Last year, despite protest from the community, the Rizzoli bookstore was shut down and 109-year old building was razed to make room for a luxury condo tower. Plans for a new location were soon underway, however, and the new Rizzoli bookstore just opened yesterday on the corner of 26th street and Broadway—which is right around the corner from our offices.
While the new store is in many ways nothing like its predecessor, there are certain design elements that do carry the store's legacy into a new age. Here's what we love about the new Rizzoli bookstore:
1. The window dispay is just as opulent and delightful as we hoped.
2. They kept the cherry wood cabinets and the brass chandeliers.
3. They embraced the design of the new space, rather than forcing the old look.
4. They stock great inventory.
5. There's more to come.
6. It's got curb appeal (and it's closer to us).
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