Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Oscar Wilde Bookstore, RIP

From The NY Times:

The Oscar Wilde Bookshop in Greenwich Village, which is believed to be the oldest gay and lesbian bookstore in the country, will close on March 29, its owner announced on Tuesday, citing economic troubles.

Victim of recession...and low gay literacy, I guess.

I used to live a stone's throw from Oscar Wilde Books and felt good being near it. That stretch of Christopher St. is one of my favorites still, but it's sad to see it go one more step in the direction of predictably overpriced boutiques. Ten bucks says that storefront turns into a house accesories store with a big ole birch branch as its window display.

The story.

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