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Declare the Strand Bookstore a City Landmark? No Thanks, the Strand Says - The New York Times
Declare the Strand Bookstore a City Landmark? No Thanks, the Strand Says
The beloved independent shop with 18 miles of books says that landmark status for its building could be a death blow.
Corey Kilgannon. NYTimes. December 3, 2018

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That the Strand could be threatened by its own preservation seems like a plot twist worthy of one of its books, she said: The very agency entrusted with preserving the city’s treasures is endangering one of them.

Another rich twist, Ms. Wyden said, was that the move coincides with the announcement that Amazon — not exactly beloved by brick-and-mortar booksellers — plans to open a headquarters in Queens, after city and state leaders offered upwards of $2 billion in incentives to Amazon and its multibillionaire chief executive, Jeff Bezos.

“The richest man in America, who’s a direct competitor, has just been handed $3 billion in subsidies. I’m not asking for money or a tax rebate,” Ms. Wyden said. “Just leave me alone.”
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