Thirty Years on, Mercer Street Books is Crowdfunding to Keep Afloat
The last of the old guard is facing an uncertain future.
Beloved used book store in Greenwich Village, Mercer Street Books, could be the latest victim of the economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic. The neighborhood fixture is in its 30th year of selling used and out-of-print books, as well as records, and currently staring down a significant backlog of debt. Ownership hopes to ease the burden by way of fundraising on GoFundMe.
During the months we were closed, people knocked on our window every day. They shouted through the glass that they wished we could reopen, soon. They told us they missed the browsing. They missed losing themselves in new ideas, new worlds, new lives. These people were from every part of our community: longtime customers, writers, students, faculty, travelers, the people next door. Used bookstores are important. There’s every reason for us to want to stay in business. But there is the debt—months of it. Thus Mercer Street Books would like to raise $97,500.
They’ve raised roughly $1,400 of the $97,500 at the time of publication. You can help by donating here, or grab your mask, head to Mercer Street and buy a pile of books.