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Save Rizzoli

January 23, 2014 | by


Since 1985, Manhattan’s Rizzoli Bookstore has occupied a spectacular six-story limestone townhouse on Fifty-Seventh Street—their Web site aptly goes in for a bit of self-congratulation, touting the “cast iron chandeliers, ornately decorated vaulting, and a luminous Diocletian window.” You can learn more about the history of the building here. It’s the sort of place that inspires breathless exaltation in book lovers, or even merely book likers; if you were to publish a magazine of bookseller porn, Rizzoli would be the centerfold. Put more baldly, it’s magical.

Alas, in a plot turn that seems ripped from a bad movie, realtors have designs on the building—they want to demolish it and build a high-rise. One can only imagine the cackles that issue from their inner sanctum with so many malignant plumes of cigar smoke.

But fear not. Citizens have come together, as we are wont to do, to preserve Rizzoli as a landmark. Sign the petition to help save it, and, as a bonus, to ensure that these dastardly realtors are left stomping their finely crafted hats.




  1. Barbara Wasserman | January 23, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    We do not need another high rise. We do need to preserve a beautiful building and a beautiful book store.

  2. holenewman | January 24, 2014 at 6:11 am

    Preserve it please. “Falling in Love” (1984)Film: Robert De Niro & Meryl Streep meet on Christmas Eve in Rizzoli book store.Memorable moment. Sentimental maybe,who cares.

  3. Nicholas Kronos | January 24, 2014 at 11:43 am

    holenewman: That was likely the old Rizzoli’s store (which was designated a landmark). Note that you say the film is from 1984, and the Paris Review piece says Rizzoli’s moved to the new store in 1985.

  4. Kevin Kelly | January 24, 2014 at 11:49 am

    When they moved off 5th Ave I don’t recall such outrage. When Scribners went belly up and lost what was arguably one of the most beautiful storefronts in NYC there wasn’t such outrage. Is it because developers want the space; is that what is objectionable?

  5. Carlo Chiarenza | January 24, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    I worked at Rizzoli in 1965, when it was still on 5th and 56th…
    The point is, why destroy every heritage building in NYC?

  6. David Morton | January 24, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    Kevin Kelly please note that Scribners did not lose its storefront. The store is still there, intact inside and out, only it’s a Sephora shop now.

  7. Trinidad Company | January 26, 2014 at 9:07 am

    Díos Mío, cada vez que voy a N. York visito Rozzoli. Si la quitan me muero, no puede ser. Nos van a quitar parte de nuestra memoria. Sorry for Writing in Spanish.

  8. evangeline ahad | January 27, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    This place is enchanted: Garcia Marquez said that heaven is a big library in the sky.

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