Like dive bars and movie theaters, bookstores are becoming an endangered species in this city, as massive rents push out independent and national book sellers alike. There are still fantastic institutions in Manhattan, but their numbers have been seriously decimated—not just in the past decade or so, but going back to a time when the borough boasted nearly 400. Now, there are a decidedly diminished 106 remaining on the island.
In his latest mine of city data, Steven Melendez examined the last 60+ years of Manhattan’s bookstore landscape, uncovering an unsurprisingly dismal trend. Read more: Map: Manhattan’s Disappearing Bookstores: Gothamist.