How About the ‘Bluestockings’ Facelift on Allen Street

Posted on: May 26th, 2017 at 5:15 am by

Check out the Bluestockings facelift on Allen Street. The faded canopy of the last several years was deposed last week in favor of something more “loud.”

This slight makeover was expected, albeit more than a year in the making.

The eighteen-year-old “feminist bookstore” – one of the last in the country – raised $37,630 in the fall of 2015 to help keep the business afloat on the Lower East Side. Funds collected went toward store modifications and, frankly, to help with the re-upped lease at 172 Allen Street. This new signage is part of the previously reported three-pronged makeover: remodeling the storefront (new awning, signage, new wiring), updating the point-of-sale software and cafe equipment, and expanding overall inventory with new acquisitions.

Bluestockings was founded in 1999 by Kathryn Welsh, and pushes left-leaning literature on topics such as feminism, queer and gender studies, global capitalism, climate & environment, police and prisons, and radical education. They’re one of about a dozen “feminist bookstores” across the country.

Bluestockings, June 2012

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