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If an independent bookstore opened up in Jackson Heights, which type would you most likely frequent?

New books only
8 (18.6%)
Used books only
1 (2.3%)
New & used books
30 (69.8%)
I would not shop at an independent bookstore
4 (9.3%)

Total Members Voted: 40

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Offline Lesley547

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A bookstore, please!
« on: November 18, 2007, 09:59:00 AM »
Sounds like Starbucks is about to become a done deal.  Now for my pet peeve:  I like living in JH more or less but  am ashamed that I live in a neighborhood without a bookstore of any description.  There used to be a sort of bookstore / internet cafe on 37th a few years ago but it closed to make way for (gack!) a check cashing place.  Check cashers, 99 cent stores, trashy clothing stores, unhygenic bodegas all bespeak neighborhood blight in a big way I believe, and must be a dis-incentive to many professional people,  prospective co-op buyers, who are trying to escape the stratospheric prices in Manhattan and Park Slope.  Some of them buy in anyway in the hope that the demographic will change.  I once wrote to the real estate division of Barnes & Noble notifying them of available storefronts in this neighborhood. Although I got a nice email back that they would look into it, nothing since.  Anyone have contacts with B&N, Borders etc. who could put in a word for a bookstore? It could have a sizeable section for Spanish-speakers and host bi-lingual readings and book signings to attract the current demographic.  Any ideas folks?

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Re: A bookstore, please!
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2007, 02:03:38 AM »
Lesley, I totally agree!  We moved out here hoping to see a progression in the neighborhood and unfortunately more trashy stores and (oh the horror!) that ceedy new "romantic lounge" opened instead.  I do have to say that I was happy that we now have Fresh Direct AND the health food store on 37th is awesome!  But a bookstore is desperately needed.

Offline DijoninJH

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Re: A bookstore, please!
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2007, 09:06:15 AM »
Lesley,

I also wrote to B&N a couple months ago and got the some response as you did. I told them about the North Fork location on 37th Ave that would be perfect for a small store.  However this was right before the news broke that they are closing the Astor Place and 6th ave/22nd street locations in Manhattan. I guess even for the big boys, bookstores are hard to make money in the days of the internet. However, on the weekends I can suggest jumping on the E or F one stop to Forest Hills and there is a B&N there.  Its not so great for those of us who might want to go the bookstore on the way home from work. But I went yesterday, and the train ride was nothing.

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Re: A bookstore, please!
« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2007, 10:20:05 AM »
Nonetheless bookstores that offer seating, refreshments and live readings and book signings provide an attractive ambience that continues to draw people in. I think B&N has just saturated its own market - the one on 6th and 22nd isn't that necessary given that there is one at Union Square.

When I lived in Park Slope I was less likely to travel outside the neighborhood on the weekends because everything I could possibly want - bookstores (more than one), quality shops, great restaurants etc. etc. were all there just a walk up the block.  Now, in JH, why would I travel to Forest Hills just to go to a bookstore when I might as well just go into Manhattan (or back to the Slope for that matter) for the quality I seek?  By the way, that C-Town is such a trash heap and Met is only marginally better so we often find ourselves shopping even for groceries in Manhattan - Whole Foods and the farmers market.  Nice to hear we have Fresh Direct now.  I haven't tried them yet.  How is their produce (and prices)?

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Re: A bookstore, please!
« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2007, 10:47:38 AM »
This has been relocated from the Starbucks thread.

Offline JD

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Re: A bookstore, please!
« Reply #5 on: November 19, 2007, 11:27:46 AM »
A book store of the B&N or Borders variety is a bit of a reach for Jackson Heights at this time. Our nabe suffers from a serious lack of quality and/or brand-name retail stores. We need to help usher in more small-box retailers to 37th ave such as Victoria's Secret, Bath & Body Works, Gap, etc. before we stand a chance to land a big-box store such as Borders.
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Re: A bookstore, please!
« Reply #6 on: November 19, 2007, 12:15:31 PM »
A book store of the B&N or Borders variety is a bit of a reach for Jackson Heights at this time. Our nabe suffers from a serious lack of quality and/or brand-name retail stores. We need to help usher in more small-box retailers to 37th ave such as Victoria's Secret, Bath & Body Works, Gap, etc. before we stand a chance to land a big-box store such as Borders.
We've got the small-box stores in Astoria, we've even got a few big-box stores (really warehouses) and our Councilperson (Peter Vallone, Jr.) has communicated our need and desire for a bookstore to B&N, and nada. Good luck. We are currently overrun with 99 cent stores, nail salons, banks (of every description) and more ethnic restaurants than there are ethnicities!

Offline fishcado

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Re: A bookstore, please!
« Reply #7 on: November 19, 2007, 05:05:11 PM »
Why do people insist on having another commercial name store to take away the flavor of JH?  Why not a mom and pop book store? There used to be nice little bookstore on 77th store close to 15 years ago. It wasn't the greatest place but the owner's knew the people of the community. I practically grew up with them and would say hi to them years later after I moved out of the area. What people really want is a bookstore so they can sit down and relax. Queensboro public library is also a nice place (with the best circulation).

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Re: A bookstore, please!
« Reply #8 on: November 19, 2007, 05:31:47 PM »
An independent would be great but, unfortunately, the reality of the book business is that it's very (very very) difficult for an independent to compete on price with the chain and online stores.

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« Reply #9 on: November 19, 2007, 08:44:03 PM »
It's very sad to see independent stores (even 99 cent stores) get pushed out for large chains.  While I would like a bookstore in JH as much as anyone else, I don't want a mom & pop store bumped out for a B&N, another bank or Gap.

I'm very suprised Yogurtberry opened  -- this is the neighborhood of roasted chickens, rice and beans, not expensive green tea fro-yo.

Offline Bozo

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Re: A bookstore, please!
« Reply #10 on: November 21, 2007, 10:07:43 PM »
Yes, a book store. Any bookstore.
Right now the only book store seems to be the guy who sells used books in front of the met foods on 37th Ave.
(Sometimes has some good ones, too!)

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Re: A bookstore, please!
« Reply #11 on: November 21, 2007, 10:17:46 PM »
The only bookstores I've seen are the Christian bookstore on Broadway near the 74th St station, and the tiny Spanish-language bookstore a few doors down from Fiesta Mexicana!

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Re: A bookstore, please!
« Reply #12 on: November 22, 2007, 12:29:48 AM »
The guy in front of the Met is awesome. He also sells in Astoria (my husband asked if he was the same guy). My husband once got an autographed Roth from him!

Offline erospolitico

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Re: A bookstore, please!
« Reply #13 on: November 23, 2007, 12:32:03 PM »
The problem here is two-fold.

1) Barnes & Noble is picky and requires a large property to open a store, this is not readily available because they want to operate on a highl trafficked retail strip.

2) The literacy level in Jackson Heights is not in line with high sales for Barnes & Noble.  While there are educated people here, there are not enough for Barnes & Noble to be successful.

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« Reply #14 on: November 23, 2007, 03:11:32 PM »
 ::) hidden away is one of the only remaining bookstore I know about that is not a stand on the street - most of the books are in spanish - if you tend towards the "esoteric" you will find some hard to find titles - it's about a block from the new bus terminal on 74th street and Roosvelt avenue - going towards 75th street - you can't miss it as they advertise being able to photograph and analyze your aura.

can't speak to the aura but the book selection is pretty varied - check it out

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« Reply #14 on: November 23, 2007, 03:11:32 PM »