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September 22, 2007


Andy Lee

This is a bummer. That store was one of the best things about the area. I can understand, though, if a combination of rising rents and competition from online sales (including their own) is making it hard for brick-and-mortar bookstores to be viable.

I was pretty surprised to read that the Astor Place Barnes & Noble is going to become a David Barton gym. I love gyms, but I consider that a step backwards for the area.


It's getting to the point that with all the rising real estate value in Manhattan ALL the low-profit retail will have to go out of business. Then we will just have one big Rodeo Drive with no other amenities and we will all have to move out.

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