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The Famous Westsider Bookstore Is Officially Closing Its Doors

It’s always sad when a bookstore announces its closing, but it’s even sadder when that bookstore has been dubbed “the last used bookstore on the Upper West Side.”


Westsider Rare & Used Books, located at 2246 Broadway between 80th and 81st Street in New York City, announced today that it would be officially closing for good. The announcement was made on the company’s Facebook page along with a 30% off “Everything Must Go” sale.


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The store’s current owner, Dorian Thornley, said that the store would most likely close at the end of February and that declining sales and competition from other sellers are the reason for the closure.


“We just can’t make it anymore. It’s the end of an era.”


Westsider Books has become a staple of the NYC bookstore scene since it opened in 1984. The store also sells used CDs, DVDs, and old records, with one of the employees saying that “You could get a lot of things here you couldn’t get elsewhere, and at a lower price.” Westsider has also been featured in three movies: Woody Allen’s Fading Gigolo, Todd Haynes’ Wonderstruck, and most recently the Melissa McCarthy drama Can You Ever Forgive Me?.


Make sure you stop on by and pick up some good reads before it’s too late.



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McNally Jackson Bookstore

Iconic McNally Jackson Books to Stay at Its Little Italy Location

McNally Jackson Books is here to stay! The Little Italy bookstore was almost forced out due to rent increases and was expected to move to a new location in June. Fortunately, plans have changed.


A leasing banner was hung from McNally Jackson’s entrance only three months ago and it looked as though the bookstore’s fourteen-year-long stay was coming to an end. It was just last week that customers learned of the store’s new plans to remain at its Prince Street location. Bowery Boogie even confirmed the news with an employee.



McNally Jackson Books

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Sarah McNally originally opened the store in 2004 as part of her family’s McNally Robinson chain. It later became an independent shop when she partnered with her husband and now has a cafe and in-house printing press among its many attractions.





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