Barnes & Noble is removing its stores from Queens, including a location in Forest Hills that preservationists tried to save. It's ironic to fight for a chain, but the neighborhood is otherwise a bookstore desert. And what's coming to replace it? A Target.
Meanwhile, on Fifth Avenue and 18th Street, the flagship Barnes & Noble bookstore (since 1932 and closed in 2014) has been completely transformed into a Banana Republic.
The plaque on the outside wall ("Founded 1873") has been pried off, leaving a shadowy scar on the masonry.
Inside, a message for all who might still think books have value: THINK LESS.
(I took this picture awhile ago, so it may not be there anymore. It was there when they opened.)