Saturday, July 09, 2016

Local Officials: 'Give Bookstore a Multi-Year Lease'

Local Officials: 'Give Three Lives Bookstore a Multi-Year Lease'

Local officials in New York City "want the landlord of one of the Village's last remaining independent bookstores to give the beloved store a longer lease on life," DNAInfo reported. Last month, the beloved West Village indie Three Lives & Company was put on notice that it might have to relocate because its building has been put up for sale and the current owners did not renew the bookstore's lease.

In a letter from state Senator Brad Hoylman, local officials urged the Levine family to give Three Lives a multi-year lease: "The sad fact is that our community has lost numerous independent bookstores in recent years, including the closures of Oscar Wilde Bookshop, Left Bank Books, and Partners & Crime and the relocation of Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks." The letter was signed by Hoylman, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Assemblywoman Deborah Glick and City Councilman Corey Johnson.

"Three Lives & Company is one of the last independent bookstores in our area," Hoylman wrote. "It would be a loss for small business, the uniqueness of New York City and booklovers everywhere to see Three Lives & Company close at this location." While expressing gratitude to the Levines for letting the bookstore stay on month-to-month basis, the letter requested that they offer a multi-year lease that would be "binding upon successive property owners, for a term of years at your discretion."

Hoylman, who lives on West 10th Street, told DNAInfo: "I'm a customer and I agree with those who said it's just one of the greatest bookstores on earth. The staff is incredibly knowledgeable [and] the selections are always so thoughtfully curated.... Hopefully we can appeal to the better impulses of the landlord and weigh in on how important the bookstore is to the community. You know, they say the market has no morals, but it's our hope that maybe the landlord does." He also noted that they plan to contact any new landlord and urge them to offer a multi-year lease to "preserve this important Village mainstay."

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