New York’s iconic Rizzoli Bookstore has found a new home. After its former location on 57th Street was demolished to make way for the thoroughfare’s latest super-tall luxury building, it seemed that it was end days for the beloved institution. At the time, Rizzoli’s owners said the store would open up shop elsewhere in the city, but given the current state of affairs for old-school bookstores, that seemed highly unlikely.
Now, just a few months later, it appears that Rizzoli executives have actually delivered on their promise. Representatives from the Italian company recently told the Wall Street Journal that they have signed a lease for a ground floor space in a Beaux-Arts building in the Flatiron District. The 5,000-square-foot space, roughly the same size as Rizzoli’s previous location, offers 18-foot ceilings and is set to welcome readers this spring.
Rizzoli executives reportedly scoped out 150 locations in the city before settling on the space at 1133 Broadway. Rizzoli’s first shop opened in New York City in 1964, but the bookseller had been operating out of its 57th Street location since 1985. When news broke that the space was threatened by future development, preservationists launched a campaign to get landmark status for the 109-year-old building that housed the store. That effort was ultimately unsuccessful and construction crews got to work dismantling the structure, and its ornate, vaulted ceilings, this summer.