Beloved Midtown bookseller Rizzoli has finally found a suitable space to reopen after being unceremoniously turned out of its lavish West 57th Street earlier this year in favor of another vertiginous luxury hi-rise. The store will make its new home in the St. James Building at 1133 Broadway (pictured above) between 25th and 26th street. The large building is of similar vintage to the townhouse the store once occupied, and will boast 18 foot ceilings in the new store's space. Plans include incorporating the bookshelves, chandeliers, sconces and other fixtures that were salvaged from the 57th Street store before demolition. Rather than three floors, however, the new store will be on a single 5,000 square foot level which may, actually, offer more selling space. Another perk to the emerging NoMad neighborhood, which is still transitioning from janky wholesalers to fashionable shops and restaurants, is its proximity to another Italian compatriot, making it an easy stroll from Rizzoli to the culinary mega store Eataly a couple of blocks away. Expect to start shopping at the new Rizzoli sometime next Spring.
Urban Gardner: Rizzoli Bookstore Set to Reopen in St. James Building in Nomad (Wall Streeet Journal via Curbed)