Book, music and art stores closing point to a drabber NYC
April 14, 2014,
New York – The news on Friday that three venerable retail institutions were shuttering saddened New York City residents. Unlike other waves of store closings typically covered in this space, these stores do not sell home furnishings, but they add something important to the home in terms of color, sound and cultural life.
Friday was the last day that Rizzoli, a beloved bookstore on West 57th Street in Manhattan, was open for business. It was also closing day for J & R Music and Computer World, which occupied an entire block in Lower Manhattan and was known for clerks with impeccable music taste. And word went out on Friday that Pearl Paint, an impressive art supply store on Canal Street, would also be closing soon.
Reaction in the city’s new publications was uniform that the city will be a drabber place without retail institutions that support the arts. No one seemed on hand to cheer that new real estate developments would take their place.
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