Thanks to TONY for letting us know: the Librairie Francaise is closing. Rockefeller Center has raised the French booksellers’ rent from $360,000 a year to — get this — $1 million. David Rockefeller accommodated the library in 1935 to lend a touch of class to the new Center, but who goes to Rockefeller Center for class now? “The Center has become a shopping mall,” Librairie owner Emmanuel Molho told AFP. Indeed, a garish chocolatier or piss-elegant chain store is probably negotiating with management as we speak. The Librairie will be open till September, and thereafter their wares will be available on the web.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 9, 2009