My fear is coming true. The Villager is reporting that Left Bank Books is set to vanish January 31, the same month Biography Books vanishes from this end of town. Is it possible that by February, the West Village will have only one independent bookstore? What happens when Three Lives' lives run out?
I wrote here about Left Bank in September, saying "With the coming takeover of the nearby Biography Bookshop space by Marc Jacobs and the closure of neighbor Lee's Laundry, my more or less consistent, low-grade concern about Left Bank Books has been goosed."
Now, The Villager says, "A hole-in-the-wall W. Fourth St. rare-books store will close Jan. 31, another victim of a landlord seeking the kind of higher rents and glitz that are killing what’s left of the small, independent stores and variety in the Village."
"Problems started when the new landlord inherited the building, between Bank and W. 12th Sts. According to reports, he has made trouble for a former cross-dressing show boy, now in his late 80s, whose taste is kitschy — fake flowers in flower boxes — but does favors for tenants in the building who are out all day. A tiny Chinese laundry that had been around for decades was given one month to leave."
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