Books

This Lower East Side Peddler Sells ‘Common Books’ from a Mobile Cart

Posted January 23, 2019 at 5:00 am

There is a literary peddler wheeling around the Lower East Side. If you see a woman wheeling a book cart down by the river with her young daughter in tow, you are crossing paths with Common Books. Area local Brittany Bond just started the mobile book business, and her first day pounding pavement was last […]

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These are the Top Checkouts at NYPL Branches on the Lower East Side

Posted December 18, 2018 at 5:07 am

The New York Public Library has just released every bookworm’s favorite year-end list: 2018’s top checkouts systemwide, by borough, by branch, and by genre. This year’s overall victor of the city library stacks was none other than Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan. But Lower East Side branches opted for another bestseller. Seward Park and Mulberry […]

Grand Street Settlement is Giving Away 16K Books Today and Saturday

Last modified June 14, 2018 at 11:39 am

Summer reading lists at the ready! The Grand Street Settlement, in partnership with the National Book Foundation, the New York City Housing Authority, and the New York Public Library, will be giving away 16,000 brand new books to Lower East Side youth this week. They’ll be distributing titles for ages 0-18 as part of the Book Rich […]

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How About the ‘Bluestockings’ Facelift on Allen Street

Posted May 26, 2017 at 5:15 am

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 […]

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‘The Chintz Age’ and the Hyper-Gentrification of a New New York [REVIEW]

Posted December 1, 2015 at 9:23 am

As we New Yorkers know all too well, we are living in an era of hyper-gentrification. (In case you missed it, we report on this very topic on a daily basis.) Longtime residents have historically felt that the world is spinning too quickly and that, eventually, many of us will be pushed out of the […]

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Bluestockings Bookstore Raises More Than $37K to Stay on LES; Renovation to Follow Next Month

Posted October 29, 2015 at 5:00 am

Bluestockings is one of the last “feminist bookstores” in the country (there are 13). In fact, it’s pretty much the only bookstore on the Lower East Side. The sixteen-year-old, left-leaning institution is committed to staying in the neighborhood, having recently re-upped the lease at 172 Allen Street. But costs of maintaining the business have skyrocketed. […]

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East Fifth Bliss Filming on Rivington Tomorrow

Last modified June 27, 2012 at 1:35 am

Following up on yesterday’s shoot near the corner of East Seventh Street and First Avenue, East Fifth Bliss will be filming in our neck of the woods tomorrow.  Given the placement of neon notices, production is relegated to Rivington between Essex and Ludlow.  Perhaps scenes inside the Hotel on Rivington?

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Tenement Museum Bookshop Plans Move

Last modified March 2, 2011 at 10:25 am

The Tenement Museum [link] will reportedly move its bookshop across the street to 105 Orchard. For the past few weeks, internal demolition crews have been clearing the vacant storefront, which once housed women’s boutique Klein’s of Monticello. That business shuttered in 2005 after 40 years in business. But sit tight. According to an employee who […]