Greenlight Bookstore Expands as St. Mark's Seeks Salvation

greenlightlogo web Greenlight Bookstore Expands as St. Mark's Seeks SalvationGreenlight Bookstore, the indie book shop on Fulton Street in Fort Greene, Brooklyn that opened in the middle of the mass extinction of book stores three years back, is now expanding.The Brooklyn Paper reports that the book store has collaborated with the management of The Greene Grape, purveyors of food and wine across on the other side of Fulton, to open a coffee shop as well as adding additional office and event space. Greenlight also runs a book kiosk at BAM.

The news comes just as St. Mark’s Books has begun circulating a petition to prevent Cooper Union from raising its rent, writing that “St. Mark’s is struggling to pay the market rent that Cooper Union is charging them at 31 3rd Ave. A significant rent concession by Cooper Union could save this irreplaceable neighborhood institution.” At last count more than 12,000 people had signed the petition, which aims to get 15,000 signatures. Apparently bookstores, just like the people who write books, are getting priced out of Manhattan.

Meanwhile, Publishers Weekly reports on how bookstores across the country fared this summer.


  1. I guess had been that way  (:

  2. Hyanxiety says:

    Emily – Cooper Union is NOT “raising” St. Mark’s rent. Please correct that in your article.

    St. Mark’s is asking for $5,000 per month off of their $20,000 per month market rent (that they negotiated a little over 2 years ago).  A $5,000 per month discount ($60,000 per year) would require that Cooper Union turn away 2 students from receiving a free education at Cooper, or that it fire or downsize some of its own staff, or reduce the quality of one of its programs.  Cooper Union, arguably, is the more important cultural institution in the neighborhood.  Perhaps there should be a petition for a school or library or firehouse to give up some of their space (and double up students, or get rid of a public reading room, or do away with an ambulance bay) so that St. Mark’s can become profitable again.  Yes, I am being sarcastic.  People want to preserve their local for-profit amenity on the dime of a non-profit.  It’s ridiculously easy to click on a petition and slander CU as an evil, insensitive, destroyer of culture, but the 15,000 petitioners would never think to reach into their own pockets and buy a book or pull out a measly $4 each per year to send to the St. Mark’s owners so that the store could remain viable.  They just couldn’t bear parting with the price of one of their lattes for the day.  And actually solving the problems themselves by donating the rent money would be so un-hipsterish and so not sticking-it-to-the-Man.

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