When the news broke this past fall that one of our favorite bookstores McNally Jackson Books was closing its longtime home on Prince Street, the idea was pretty upsetting. Many independent bookstores have been thriving in other parts of the city, but this beloved shop had quite a rough go of it in downtown Manhattan. Luckily, it looks like that worrying was all for naught.
Store owner Sarah McNally announced this week that the bookstore’s flagship location will not only be staying put, but will be opening two more branches this fall at a pair of up-and-coming locations: the City Point development in Downtown Brooklyn (which also houses fellow Time Out fave Alamo Drafthouse) and the recently revitalized South Street Seaport. Those two locations join fellow outposts in Williamsburg and at LaGuardia Airport.
According to Vulture, the opportunity for the bookstore to stay in its flagship Prince Street location was a result of the building’s landlord agreeing to less of a price hike (from 350,000 a month to $650,000 a month with gradual increases over the next five years rather than a massive one-time hike to $850,000 a month.)