3. Bookseller’s or Book Row

Bookseller’s or Book Row was an area of used book stores located on 4th Avenue from 8th Street to 14th Street that had 48 bookstores. This mecca for second hand books started in the 1890’s and lasted until the late 1960’s. The secondhand book business was not lucrative and many stores moved or went out of business when rents started to rise.

Strand bookstore which was originally on 4th Ave. is the largest survivor and has been located on Broadway and 12th Street since the late 50’s. While not an original to Booksellers’ Row, Alabaster Bookshop on 4th Avenue off 12th Street links the present to the past as the only used bookshop on 4th Avenue.

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5 thoughts on “8 Disappearing Districts And Neighborhoods of NYC

  1. I agree with seven of your eight examples, but Shoe Row? You’re comparing that pestilence to the Fulton Fish Market and the Garment District? Eighth Street was a perfectly nice thoroughfare with a variety of retail stores and cafes until Shoe Row, as you call it, turned the street into a mini version of West 34 Street. It wasn’t a district so much as a blight. I haven’t walked along that street in years but I’m glad to hear “Most of the shoe businesses have left due to rising rents and lack of customers.” The loss of the Printing District in Soho would have been a better choice, as it was a genuine, albeit inevitable, loss.

  2. South Street Seaport has been destroyed by the greed of the real estate industry and the Bill Deblasio. From the tearing down of the Pathmark and allowing a building that does not fit into the neighborhood is deplorable. From the lifting the deed restrictions on a healthcare building to allow a greedy developer to take it and build unaffordable housing is ridiculous. The causes of these issues stems from REBNY who has bought off every single politician. But, the other issue is the novices in city hall like James Patchett, Dominik Williams and Emma Wolf who’s previous experience is lacky’s for Deblasio, who have never experienced a real estate deal in their lives.

    1. Bill DeBlasio had nothing to do with the loss of the South Street Seaport. This was accomplished over 10 years ago when EDC took control of the area. It was aided and abetted by many local interests including CB1 who did not fight for a historical presence instead of the replacement monstrosity on Pier 15.
      There is no point whatsoever in fudging facts for the purpose of political points.
      David.

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