Robert Stevens, known as Steve, sold books outside the subway station at 96th Street and Broadway for years. On April 21, he died of Covid-19, according to an obituary pasted to a storefront nearby his old stand.
The obituary writer wrote that Stevens was a reassuring presence at the book table, who “plied his trade with unwavering cheerfulness.” His stand “offered the thrill of discovery” and many buyers became friends. “He was kind and decent in a world lacking in kindness and decency.”
“I bought many books from Steve over the years and can attest he was a fine, friendly man. He will be missed,” wrote Greenie Greenberg, who sent us the photo.
Read the entire obituary below (click the image to enlarge it). Another bookseller a little farther uptown, Steven Hann, also passed away from Covid-19.