Rizzoli’s Bookstore Closing April 11th

We at Landmark Branding urge our readers to visit Rizzoli’s bookstore today and tomorrow before the location closes its doors at the end of Friday, April 11th.  It will be a last chance to see one of the great bookstore locations of New York and the world.  The facade has been destroyed, but the magnificent interior remains. Books… Continue reading

Just Off Fifth: Cinema Village

The oldest continuously operated movie theater in Greenwich Village and one of New York’s last classic independent theaters, Cinema Village was built in 1963 in the shell of a historic fire station at 22 East 12th Street.  Its cheery blue brick façade and classic neon marquee give a welcome splash of Pop Art color to the… Continue reading

Just Off Fifth: Landmark Preservation Commission Refuses Rizzoli’s Protected Status

We at Landmark Branding are disappointed that the Landmarks Preservation Commission has decided against protecting the Rizzoli Bookstore’s superb building on West 57th Street – despite the more than 15,000 signatures gathered on a petition to save the bookstore. Members of the Save Rizzoli Committee are not giving up yet, citing the upcoming expiration of… Continue reading

Just off Fifth: Butterfield House

A discreet presence on West 12th Street, Butterfield House has long been celebrated as one of the city’s great postwar apartment buildings. Designed in 1962 by William J. Conklin and James S. Rossant of the architectural firm of Mayer, Whittlesey & Glass, the building consists of two separately conceived structures, a small 4-bay 7-story façade… Continue reading

Just Off Fifth: Rizzoli Bookstore Threatened

Located at 31 West 57th Street, the Rizzoli Bookstore has been called one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world. Originally the offices and showroom of the Sohmer Piano Company, the circa 1905 store preserves extraordinary interior details, including vaulted plaster ceilings. Additions by architects Hardy, Holzman Pfeiffer Associates, who restored and renovated the… Continue reading