The Only Bookstore in The Bronx Fosters Community Reading

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After years of not having a bookstore in the borough, one has finally opened in the Bronx, New York.

On Saturday, April 27, residents and community leaders gathered for the grand opening of The Lit. Bar, WCBS-TV reported. The store, which is located at 131 Alexander Avenue in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the Bronx, fittingly made its grand opening on Independent Bookstore Day.

Owner Noëlle Santos was raised in the Bronx and always had a passion for reading. She told The New York Times that she came across an online petition to save the Barnes & Noble brick and mortar bookstore in the Bronx in 2014, and was shocked that the NYC borough would be completely devoid of a bookseller. Barnes & Noble closed its doors in January 2017 due to the increasing cost of rent, according to Curbed NY.

Santos, who worked in human resources after she graduated…

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  • kimepoo_2000

    I live in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx so I’m excited that I now have a bookstore near me, owned by a woman of color, and created to be a safe space for the community!

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