One of the city's most beautiful stores has only a couple of days left, and though there is a last ditch effort to get the Landmark Protection for the interior of the elegant Rizzoli Bookstore, and block its demolition that way, things don't look to promising. Even if the building is saved, Rizzoli is closing up and moving on. This afternoon, The Shophound made our way to midtown to have a last look at the place before it shutters on Friday. Ouside, the beautiful exterior was already obscured by scaffolding erected for the razing of its next door neighbor. inside, there was not the kind of messy "final days" chaos that one saw at Loehmann's, for example, probably because the store is having a 40% Off Everything "Moving" sale, not a liquidation. Reportedly, Rizzoli has already identified several potential sites in Manhattan to relocate to, so we shouldn't be without it for long. Inside, the store was busy but not frantic. While the sale is a very good deal, in general it is only a little bit more savings that one would ordinarily find on Amazon. Savings aside, however, for a couple of more days Rizzoli still has one of the finest selections of Art, Photography, Fashion and Design books in the city, so if you have a coffee table that is looking a little bare, now is an excellent opportunity to fill it up with material for your guests to flip through while you are fixing them a drink.
And then there's the Porn.
One of Rizzoli's not-so-secret draws has always been a healthy selection of Erotica —glossy, adult-themed photography books that, in our mind, we have never been able to help but refer to as "Rizzoli Porn". For as long as we have been familiar with it, the store has unabashedly offered an eye-opening (and often highly educational) array of such books for every persuasion, but anyone who was looking forward to a nice discount on some of these typically pricey books before Friday is going to be disappointed. This is the one section that seems to have been completely decimated by sale shoppers, reduced to but a few shelves at the end of the second floor balcony. Sorry, high-class pervs. You waited too long.
For news about an impending new location, Rizzoli is directing customers and other interested parties to its website and social media accounts where an announcement will be made as soon as there is news on that front. In the meantime, books will still be available through the company's web store, but even there, the sale ends on Friday. Have a couple more last glimpses of the store in the gallery below.