Greenwich Village's overpriced bookstore after 30 years

Bargain books just don’t pay Greenwich Village rents. The left-wing neighborhood institution, Unoppressive Non-Imperialist Bargain Boo...


Bargain books just don’t pay Greenwich Village rents.

The left-wing neighborhood institution, Unoppressive Non-Imperialist Bargain Books, will close its storefront at 34 Carmine St. this month following a rent hike. The store should be emptied by the end of June, Patch reported for the first time.

Over its three decades in the neighborhood, the tome retailer has become a local landmark for its weathered awning and surprising selection of specialty titles. In 2016, it served as one of four Manhattan headquarters for presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. In 2011, it housed the Occupy Wall Street Library.

Although the shop’s longtime owner Jim Drougas has admitted defeat, he remains motivated by the possibility of reopening elsewhere.

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The weathered storefront had become a neighborhood landmark over the decades.
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A cat browses the stacks.
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The bookstore opened on Carmine Street 30 years ago.
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The store was known for its specialist titles.
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The owner hopes to find a new home at the store.
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“I’ve had fun all these years, I’m not discouraged,” Drougas told Patch. “In fact, I hope something will happen, we had a big impact and a lot of people were very supportive.”

“Even if we have to close, for now I’m pretty determined to continue somewhere, somehow,” he added.

Staying in Greenwich Village, or at least Lower Manhattan, remains the goal, however.

“We were in this situation and got through it only because of our amazing community support! We can do this NYC – don’t give up,” commented activist bookstore Bluestockings encouragingly. a moving message about the closure by Vanishing New York’s Instagram account.

“The Last Bastion Cannot Fall!” writes another.



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