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Offline rhprocter

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Jackson Heights bookstore
« on: October 28, 2010, 04:05:08 PM »
Hello everyone,

I'm a reporter writing a story on the lack of a bookstore in Jackson Heights. I'm trying to figure out when the last time there was a local bookstore. From what I've pieced together, it was about 10 years ago and was called something like Discount Books and may have been located around 37th avenue and 77th street.

Does anyone know of a more specific address for the store? I need to verify that this information is correct/incorrect.

In addition, I would be interested in talking to you if you have thoughts/feelings on the lack of a bookstore in the area. My contact information is below.

Thank you and have a great day!
Richard Procter
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rhprocter@gmail.com

Offline sjze10

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Re: Jackson Heights bookstore
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2010, 04:36:02 PM »
Yes it was on 37th Ave, between 77th & 78th St ~ as for the address, I'm not sure, but if you are familiar with JH, it was located where the stationary store is now. It has been gone more then 10 years

Offline rhprocter

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Re: Jackson Heights bookstore
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2010, 04:42:45 PM »
When you say stationary store, do you mean Inner Peace?

thanks!
Richard Procter
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Offline sjze10

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Re: Jackson Heights bookstore
« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2010, 04:55:33 PM »
No, stationary store meaning it sells cards for all occasions, balloons, lotto tickets & gift items.

Offline sjze10

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Re: Jackson Heights bookstore
« Reply #4 on: October 28, 2010, 05:05:14 PM »
The address should be something like 77-09 or 77-11 37th Ave

Offline Ed

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Re: Jackson Heights bookstore
« Reply #5 on: October 28, 2010, 05:36:02 PM »
Aren't they all stationary? And if there's a bookstore, won't that attract trust fund brats?

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Re: Jackson Heights bookstore
« Reply #6 on: October 28, 2010, 09:44:54 PM »
au contraire.........reading requires much too much effort!

Aren't they all stationary? And if there's a bookstore, won't that attract trust fund brats?
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Offline FoxyWiles

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Re: Jackson Heights bookstore
« Reply #7 on: October 28, 2010, 11:21:34 PM »
I don't think there's enough of a demand for a bookstore here. I don't see many people who get on/off the Roosevelt Ave stop who read something besides a newspaper. We have a library and Amazon sells books for cheaper than cover price.

There's a lack of bookstores in Queens in general. I was surprised when I Google mapped it to see where the closest one was.

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Re: Jackson Heights bookstore
« Reply #8 on: October 29, 2010, 08:26:59 AM »
book stores are increasingly hard to find all over the country. barnes and noble is on the verge of giving up  brick-and-mortar altogether, borders is giving more and more space to non-readable items -- like build-a-bear workshops replacing children's books -- and independent stores (always my choice) are shuttering at an alarming rate. just google 'bookstores closing' and you''ll see story after story.

sad to say, but most people don't read books. almost half of americans didn't crack even one last year, and the  average person read three. that's not a lot of revenue -- and many people view the book like any other product, one where price matters most. meaning that amazon beats shakespeare and company nine times out of ten.

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Offline jadasie

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Re: Jackson Heights bookstore
« Reply #9 on: October 29, 2010, 11:24:41 AM »
But imagine if there was a bookstore which carried a large selection of Spanish, south Asian, and LGBT literature. Something like that might be unique enough to attract readers far and wide.

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Re: Jackson Heights bookstore
« Reply #10 on: October 29, 2010, 11:42:51 AM »
If it is true that book stores are increasingly hard to find all over the country, it is truly a shame!  Perhaps if there were more book stores around we would not have as many  illiterates all over the country, & our children would not be  failing school!!!!!!!!

Offline StevenGrey

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Re: Jackson Heights bookstore
« Reply #11 on: October 29, 2010, 11:46:06 AM »
I hate to disagree with you, jadasie, but even in Manhattan you'll find that "specialty" bookstores are closing down everywhere you turn. While you might find a small selection of LGBT books in some smaller card shops, for the most part all the "gay" bookstores I remember are long gone. Likewise, there used to be a dozen stores that specialized in selling art books all around the Village-Flatiron-Chelsea area and most of them have vanished as well. I'm not saying that I wouldn't love to see a bookstore open in our neighborhood, only that it seems unlikely given the economy and trends towards e-readers and such.

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Re: Jackson Heights bookstore
« Reply #12 on: October 29, 2010, 11:55:21 AM »
There's no doubt that for any bookstore to thrive in this neighborhood it must serve the neighborhood. As the previous poster suggested, stocking a solid range of classic and contemporary books in Spanish and South Asian languages would be necessary, along with a focused selection of English-language titles that run from romance and thrillers to literary fiction.

But more than the actual books, I really believe that in Jackson Heights a bookstore would also have to involve the community with readings, workshops, story hours, whatever. I've been to readings at Terraza where it is nothing but Argentine poets. Because Jackson Heights is such a diverse neighborhood, a bookstore could really focus on cultivating all sorts of internationally-minded literary events, which if done correctly could make the store a destination.

I've lurked here long enough to know some of you really dislike the idea of Jackson Heights "becoming like Brooklyn," but if you look at the popular indie bookstores in Brooklyn today -- Word in Greenpoint; Book Court in Boerum Hill; Greenlight in Fort Greene -- they cater to their neighborhoods, and in doing so have facilitated book cultures that attract neighbors and folks from all over the city because of the programs they schedule. It doesn't matter what you think of these stores, these neighborhoods and their residents. What's important is the model of considering the community at large and involving it.

If someone with the wherewithal and capital comes along thinking along these lines I believe a bookstore would thrive in Jackson Heights.  

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Re: Jackson Heights bookstore
« Reply #13 on: October 29, 2010, 01:18:01 PM »
zublop, the commercial rents in Brooklyn are much less than in JH.  I love bookstores, but sadly, I just don't think one would get the foot traffic in JH that would be needed to make a profit.  An independent store would never be able to afford the rent, and the big national chains won't come here - especially as one is already in Forest Hills.

E-readers are another reason. I'm a culprit myself.  I'm an avid reader, but I haven't stepped foot in a bookstore since I've had my Kindle (2 years).

Does anyone know if Astoria has any bookstores?  Just curious. 

Offline linette

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Re: Jackson Heights bookstore
« Reply #14 on: October 29, 2010, 03:21:07 PM »
I believe there was a small Spanish-language bookstore on 37th (around 81st) when I first moved to JH; it's probably been about 5 years since it closed.