Oscar Wilde Bookshop Closing


After 41 years in the West Village, the Oscar Wilde Bookshop, believed to be the city’s oldest (maybe the world’s oldest) serious gay and lesbian bookstore, is slated to close on March 29. “Unfortunately,” said owner Kim Brinster in a statement, “we do not have the resources to weather the current economic crisis and find it’s time to call it a day.” The store opened on Mercer Street in 1967, two years before the Stonewall Riots, allegedly with 25 titles. They moved to their current Christopher Street location in 1971. The store’s had scares before, but this really appears to be the end. (Image via Travels of the Bear Jesus.)


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