Book Culture closed its store on Columbus Avenue between 81st and 82nd Streets early this year amid sales troubles and an ownership dispute. But a filing with the Landmarks Preservation Commission points to the possibility of a new Book Culture store opening in the neighborhood.
An application to the commission for a new facade at 55 West 86th Street between Columbus and Central Park West has a rendering of a new storefront on it. And the sign above the entrance says “Book Culture.” The applicants want to restore elements of the facade of the building, which was built in 1889 and then changed in 1928, according to the application. The storefront currently appears to be vacant, according to photos with the application. Building permits show owner Landmark Realty wants to put a retail business on the ground floor and turn the second floor into an office, a change from its current residential use.
We asked Chris Doeblin, the owner of Book Culture, if he’s planning on opening a shop there, and he responded “no comment.”
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