This is the final hour for Shakespeare & Co. Book Sellers on Broadway. Literally. They close one hour from now, at 6:30, forever.
Everything is 50% off. The store is filled with just-returned NYU students, walking around in a daze, muttering "This sucks." No one told them.
A sign in the window reads, "It is with heavy hearts we leave 716 Broadway." The rent was too damn high, of course, in a city explicitly for "hipsters and tourists."
Half the store has already been dismantled. It's painful to see a bookstore with its shelves ripped out.
Tables and shelves are selling to whoever wants them. One woman bought the neon Shakespeare sign from the window for $500. What will she do with it? "I don't know," said the saleswoman. "Maybe open a bookstore? She might end up disappointed."
Shakespeare & Co. Closing
...and Hipsters & Tourists