The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has decided to evict Posman Books from Grand Central Terminal. They are refusing to renew the local independent bookseller's lease, reports Crain's. Posman's has to be out by December 31.
The beloved bookstore's space "will be used as a short-term storage area during the construction of the new eateries planned for Vanderbilt Hall," a new tower to be built. However, the Rite-Aid next door to Posman's will remain in business, untouched by the hand of "progress." Really? Another local bookstore has to die while a national drugstore chain is preserved?
Hey MTA, how about this? Kick out the fucking Rite-Aid and keep the bookstore. New York is losing bookstores left and right. We cannot afford to lose another. Meanwhile, we're drowning in Rite-Aid (and Duane Reade, and Walgreens, CVS--and every other national chain).
"It's very sad for the whole Grand Central community," Posman's vice president told Crain's. "It's shocking." Posman's hopes to find a new location in Grand Central, but alternate spaces are not large enough. The MTA's decision to deny a lease renewal to Posman's, an independent,
long-time, local New York business, is unconscionable. By
doing so, they are contributing to the ongoing cultural death of the
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Once again, without protections from the city government, our independent businesses are sitting ducks, while the national chains prevail. How much longer will we tolerate this? How much more do we have to lose before something is done?