For the primary time in three years, there’s now a bookstore within the Bronx!
Ever because the final Barnes & Noble closed its doorways in New York Metropolis’s northernmost borough on December 31, 2016, the practically 1.5 million residents of the Bronx have been and not using a single bookstore.
That doesn’t simply imply an impartial bookstore, both. That’s bookstore, full cease. For these three years, there was no bookstore within the Bronx of any sort. Simply take a second to contemplate the gravity of that assertion.
Acknowledging the worth that bookstores, particularly impartial ones, add to their neighborhood, it type of makes you concentrate on what you are taking as a right, doesn’t it?
However now, due to the efforts of Bronx native Noëlle Santos, that’s all modified. The Lit. Bar, a bookstore/wine bar situated in Mott Haven, formally opened its doorways on April 27, 2019—Unbiased Bookstore Day.
The Lit. Bar had lots of assist to get to the place it’s immediately. In 2016, Santos gained the $7,500 second-place prize on the New York Public Library’s StartUP! Enterprise Plan Competitors. In 2017, an Indiegogo marketing campaign raised $154,546 from over 1,800 backers. Ebook Riot has been there from the start, encouraging Rioters to help the bookstore and asserting the launch of its Indiegogo marketing campaign on our podcast.
After all, like every nice impartial bookstore, The Lit. Bar is far more than a bookstore. There’s an occasion area for writer readings and different workshops, which in response to the web site is already booked by way of June. The web site additionally declares a forthcoming consignment program for self-published titles and different merchandise to help native authors and companies.
If you wish to help The Lit. Bar however can’t go to in individual, join the e-newsletter on the web site to remain posted on what’s taking place. You can too comply with the bookstore on Instagram or Twitter.
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