New York's famous Strand bookstore says it could become a Covid casualty

The Strand has survived almost a century as perhaps New York’s most famous bookstore, met sy “18 Miles of Books” earning diehard loyalty from countless tourists and locals alike.

Gestig in 1927, it has survived the Great Depression, two World Wars, Big Box stores, and e-commerce challengers.
Maar nou, its owner says the store — bekend vir sy skynbaar eindelose voorraad gebruikte en seldsame titels — kan 'n slagoffer van die koronavirus word.
“Die Strand se inkomste het byna gedaal 70% vergeleke met verlede jaar. En hoewel ons die PPP-lening ontvang het en ons kontantreserwes ons die afgelope agt maande se verliese kon deurstaan, ons is nou op 'n keerpunt waar ons besigheid nie volhoubaar is nie,” Nancy Bass Wyden, the third-generation owner, said in a press release Friday.
    Customers socially distance as they wait to enter Strand Book Store in Union Square in New York in September.

    The memo has gained steam online, with #savethestrand a Twitter hashtag.
    I’m going online shopping at the @strandbookstore today. Ek hoop jy doen dieselfde? #SaveTheStrand,” actor Patton Oswalt tweeted.
    The pandemic has hit independent bookstores across the country.
    Publishers Weekly keeps an online list of cancellations, sluitings, and media coverage on its webwerf.
      In the 1920s, six blocks of Fourth Avenue were known asBook Row.” Van die 48 bookstores that gave the district its name, only Strand still stands.
      After moving to its current location on Broadway and 12th Street, the store built a catalog that in 2015 ingesluit 2.5 million new, used and rare books.

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