Save St Mark's Bookshop
[Action Alert] • The St. Mark's Bookshop in New York's East Village needs a rent low enough to survive. Join the Cooper Square Committee in petitioning Cooper Union, the bookstore's landlord, to give this critical New York cultural institution a lower rent.
When St. Mark's first opened in 1977, the rent was $375 a month. Since then, this independent bookstore has become an indispensible source for radical and alternative writings for two generations of scholars, seekers, avant-ists and anarchists. The rent has since increased to $20,000 a month, an amount that owners Terence McCoy and Tom Contant fear could put them out of business. They are asking their landlord, Cooper Union, for a rent reduction of $5,000 a month. With sales low they don't think they can survive without lowering their overhead.
Join the Cooper Square Committee petitioning Cooper Union, the bookstore's landlord, to give St. Mark's Bookshop a lower rent. A significant rent concession by Cooper Union could save this irreplaceable neighborhood institution.
Sign the petition here!