By Carol Tannenhauser
A bookstore may open on Columbus Avenue between 81st and 82nd Streets, but it won’t be Book Culture, according to Tim Quinlan, of Walker Malloy, the landlord.
“It is our full intent to find a bookstore to take the space, and we are currently having serious negotiations with a few strong operators,” Quinlan wrote to WSR.
He also took aim at Book Culture Co-owner Chris Doeblin’s account of the events leading to the closing of the neighborhood’s popular bookstore, which Doeblin related in long missives to the community.
“There are multiple inaccuracies out there in terms of what transpired,” Quinlin contended, adding that he does not comment on ongoing negotiations with prospective tenants.
Quinlan is not the only one Doeblin is at odds with; he’s also embroiled in a lawsuit with Book Culture on Columbus’s other co-owner, John “Rick” MacArthur, president and publisher of Harper’s Magazine. MacArthur is accusing Doeblin of mismanagement and misusing funds.
Chris Doeblin wrote the following to WSR:
“I take full personal responsibility for the rise and demise of Book Culture on Columbus. I did my best, I hope to have the opportunity to do it again. I am thankful to all involved. Let’s go New York!”