St. Mark's Bookshop, a staple near Cooper Union since the late 70s, was in the news a few years ago when the school – its landlord – raised rent for the sizable space to over $20,000/month. The store successfully got a rent reduction, but it started looking for a new, smaller location shortly thereafter, according to DNAinfo. That new location is 136 East Third Street in the East Village, in a just-opened space designed by Clouds Architecture Office.
[Images courtesy of Clouds Architecture Office]
I haven't ventured to see the store in person, but the photos of the space make me want to head over there right away. White bookcases peel away and undulate in plan to contain a bathroom and office space on one side of the store (see plan at bottom) and free up space in the middle for events.
I especially like the section of the bookcases, which are angled at the bottom to allow for easier browsing by standing patrons.
I've updated my NYC Bookstores post to reflect the new location of St. Mark's Bookshop.