We're losing another bookstore. It's an apocalypse.
A reader sends in the news that Partners & Crime, the bookstore dedicated to crime and mystery in Greenwich Village, is shuttering.
In 2010, the New York Times called the shop a "survivor in the shrinking world of independent bookstores." As Michael Wilson wrote, "One of the store’s owners, Maggie Griffin, 53, said the ability to make informed recommendations set Partners & Crime apart from bigger — and admittedly less expensive — chain stores. 'Someone comes in and says, I read a book where a guy dies on a boat in Boston Harbor. I can’t remember the title. Our staff does,' she said."
But two years of Kindle craziness makes a big difference.
"BOOKS without batteries," Credit: Piotr Redlinski for the Times
One of the store's stocked shelves serves as a secret entrance to a back room where the shop hosts monthly performances of "old-time radio plays." Says one Yelp reviewer, "It's like going back in time to 1940's New York City. This store is one of the reasons why I love living in NYC."
This can't happen on a Kindle.
Credit: Piotr Redlinski for The New York Times
The shop's website offers this goodbye:
"After 18 years in the shop on Greenwich Avenue, Partners & Crime Mystery Booksellers is closing its doors on September 20th. We've had a great run and have enjoyed helping a generation of readers find the books they love. We've had a lot of fun, learned a tremendous amount, and enjoyed our time with all of you - customers, authors and publishers.
Stop by, reminisce and check out our THANK YOU sale -- and maybe find that favorite title you really can't live without! Couldn't have done it without you!"