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Strand Bookstore Shuts Due to Corona Virus

In the midst of the pandemic, a lot of workers are unfortunately being laid off, and Strand Bookstore, unfortunately, is no exception. The store closed its doors last week, until further notice. Now, due to the closure, and the unknown of how long this pandemic will last, the store had to lay off about 188 of their workers.

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The lay off is hopefully temporary, and the workers did get paid last week, but considering the store is independent, and has no money coming in right now, the store had no choice. When things are back to normal, they are hopeful that they can hire everyone back, bur for now, they only have twenty-four remaining employees. They thought they would be able to keep their online shop open, but as of Sunday night, the Governor put that on pause, so nothing can be shipped out of the store.

 

Barnes and Noble closed it’s doors over the weekend as well, along with many other bookstores. Right now the only stores open are ones that carry essential needs, like grocery stores and pharmacies. Amazon isn’t shipping books until the end of April, so readers have no choice but to use ebooks for now. The libraries are closed as well, so this is a sad time for book lovers, without access to any paper books, but right now, the important thing is staying indoors and washing your hands. In order for things to go back to normal faster, we have to follow the rules and do what’s best for ourselves and the world. A big round of applause to the essential workers who go to work every day to ensure our safety. It is unfortunate that workers are being laid off, but this shall pass. Stay safe!

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Strand is Coming to the Upper West Side!

If you’re a New Yorker that loves books than you know what a landmark the Strand Bookstore is. The store opened in 1927 on a fourth avenue block, then called Book Row, which held forty-eight bookstores. The owner and creator, Ben Bass, was only twenty-five when he started the store. He wanted the store to be a place where book lovers and writers could come together, so he named the store after the street in London where writers such like Dickens went to gather. It was in Greenwich Village and at first it was place for writers to sell their books, and then in 1957 it moved to it’s current location on 12th Street and Broadway.

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Now Strand also sells merchandise such as journals, socks, pens, bags, shirts, etc. Of course they also sell books, new, used, and old, or in other words, classics. The other Strand locations are the kiosks in Time Square and in Central Park. However, next month Strand will be expanding to the Upper West Side, Columbus Ave between 81st and 82nd street.

The store that used to be in that location was Book Culture, but due to a dispute between John MacArthur, who is the president of Harper Magazine, and Chris Doeblin, who is the primary owner of the New York Times, the store closed, and now Strand will occupy the location. The store will be called the Strand on Columbus Avenue, and of course book loving New Yorkers are excited to see this new location. Out of the forty-eight bookstores that were on book row, Strand is the only one that still stands. Strand is here to stay.


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