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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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Re: A bookstore, please!
« Reply #15 on: November 24, 2007, 08:40:55 PM »
B&N would be great -- or Borders -- or any bookstore for English speakers.

As for waiting for the demographic change -- honestly, I've never understood why people would move into a neighborhood just to complain about all the people who already live there!

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Re: A bookstore, please!
« Reply #16 on: November 24, 2007, 10:30:37 PM »
. . . I've never understood why people would move into a neighborhood just to complain about all the people who already live there!
That's a very interesting statement. I've always thought it was the natives who were always complaining about all the interlopers. I guess it's just human nature to be complaining about something.

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Re: A bookstore, please!
« Reply #17 on: November 28, 2007, 03:38:59 PM »
http://www.nydailynews.com/latino/2007/11/28/2007-11-28_latino_libraries_turning_the_page.html

Today's Daily News has an article about the closing of prominent Spanish-language bookstores in Manhattan.  The article cites five Latino bookstores remaining in the city, two of which are located in Jackson Heights:

Barco de Papel, a children’s bookstore in Jackson Heights, Queens, has expanded to include all kinds of Latin American literature, including poetry and essays.  40-03 80th St., at Roosevelt Ave., Jackson Heights. Tel.: (718) 565-8283.

Librería Cuarzo: 75-04 Roosevelt Ave., Jackson Heights.  (718) 803-0573.

Now if we can only get one of them to start an "En Ingles" section!

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Re: A bookstore, please!
« Reply #18 on: November 28, 2007, 06:16:26 PM »
I just got an email from another group list about a possible bookstore location in JH, and I got permission from the person who sent it to re-post it here.  So.  . . the following wasn't written by me, it was written by someone else:

I hope that everyone is enjoying their holiday season.  I wanted to let people know about a space that has become available in Jackson Heights.  I know in previous list serve postings, people have been craving a "bookstore", a gourmet food store, etc.  The biggest stumbling block has seemed to be the high rental costs in the neighborhood, especially 37th avenue. 
 
There is a space on Northern Boulevard, between 80th and 81st street that is now available.  It used to be a used furniture store. I spoke with the managing agent and he is hoping to fill the space with a neighborhood friendly tenant that reflects the needs of the community. His two dream tenets are either a bookstore or an Italian deli.  He is aware of the high rent issues in Jackson Heights and says that in addition to Northern Boulevard's competitive rental rates, he would be willing to negotiate a more favorable deal with the "right tenant".  He mentioned that he already has a few serious inquires so calling him soon is critical.
 
If you have an entrepreneurial spirit please give Hal a call on his cellphone:  845-304-7620.  Tell him you heard about the space from Braden and here's hoping that there will be a new establishment coming soon that will support the ever growing needs of our diverse community!

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Re: A bookstore, please!
« Reply #19 on: November 29, 2007, 08:21:11 AM »
How about the vacant Greenpoint Bank storefront on 37th Avenue?
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Re: A bookstore, please!
« Reply #20 on: November 30, 2007, 01:05:19 AM »
I surely don't think a B&N or Borders will do well in JH. When we live in East Village, we never buy from them. We'd go to St. Marks Bookstore instead or buy online. There's no love of literature in B&N or Borders. The people who want them here - do you just want to browse books for free? They are the McDonald's of bookstore.

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« Reply #21 on: November 30, 2007, 11:39:42 AM »
Is there a way we could organize some kind of bookswap, or work with the library somehow to have a monthly book sale?

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Re: A bookstore, please!
« Reply #22 on: November 30, 2007, 01:30:44 PM »
IThere's no love of literature in B&N or Borders.

That's not really true. I've been writing about book publishing for years and used to interview B&N and Borders buyers a lot. They're some of the most dedicated readers I've ever come across. And while those stores and Amazon have made it really difficult for independents to compete--and I have a huge problem with that--they've also made bookstores much more accessible to a wider population. B&N and Borders are by no means my favorite bookstores but they're not the devil they're often made out to be.

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Re: A bookstore, please!
« Reply #23 on: November 30, 2007, 01:36:15 PM »
I just find it regrettable that when people want a bookstore, they automatically want a chain store.

No offense to anyone's taste, but isn't wanting a Barnes and Noble the bookstore equivalent of asking for a T.G.I. Friday's in the neighborhood?

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« Reply #24 on: November 30, 2007, 01:43:32 PM »
I just find it regrettable that when people want a bookstore, they automatically want a chain store. No offense to anyone's taste, but isn't wanting a Barnes and Noble the bookstore equivalent of asking for a T.G.I. Friday's in the neighborhood? JH is about authenticity and local charm!

Yes, an independent bookstore would be a wonderful thing. But...I would rather see a bookstore open up in the neighborhood, no matter whose name is over the door, than no bookstore at all. Also, B&N and Borders are decent bookstores. They may not have that rare book you've been searching for for years or that wonderful feel of a tiny well-run independent and you really probably won't ever be on a first-name basis with any of the booksellers but they offer a good broad range of titles.

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Re: A bookstore, please!
« Reply #25 on: November 30, 2007, 01:49:25 PM »
I don't deny that B&N and Borders get the bookstorin' job done.

But surely, there must be room for more "mid-level" businesses in the area.

I feel like it either has to be a $0.99 store or a CHAIN.

But with places like Gothic Cabinet Craft, Pepe Volcano, Novo, and some other good places, hopefully, everyone can be happy.

(Why are there three Dunkin' Donuts w/in a 15 block radius?  82nd and Roosevelt, 75th and Roosevelt, 75 and 37th Ave.)
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Re: A bookstore, please!
« Reply #26 on: November 30, 2007, 01:53:12 PM »
I would definitely love more variety in the businesses in the area -- without, of course, completely losing the neighborhood charm. But I've also heard that the rents for commercial real estate properties in the neighborhood have totally skyrocketed and that may make it really hard for an independent anything to open. I hope I'm wrong on that.


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Re: A bookstore, please!
« Reply #27 on: November 30, 2007, 01:56:12 PM »
I don't doubt that commercial rents are skyrocketing.

So I have to admit that I was a bit surprised that there's that new beauty salon opening up on 37th Ave., next to where the Starbucks is going to be.

But then again, I guess beauty salons can be quite lucrative.

It's just that there are already so many, I'd imagine it would take a lot of gusto to open up yet another business in which there is already so much competition.

But then again, I guess there's a lot of demand, also. 
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« Reply #28 on: November 30, 2007, 01:57:18 PM »
And it least it wasn't a Cheap Cuts -- now that would be a total downgrade in charm.

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Re: A bookstore, please!
« Reply #29 on: November 30, 2007, 08:16:08 PM »
You can't beat the best book seller in front Met Foods as far as value and selection.

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