Once upon a time there was a charming bookstore on the Upper West Side with storytime sessions, a wide array of unique books, and a sense of community. People say that it was the bookstore that inspired one of my favorite movies, You’ve Got Mail. One of my early childhood memories was frequently visiting the bookstore with my mom and dad. I have always loved reading, and I think that a lot of that has to do with the fact that my parents instilled a love of reading in my me and my sister. I remember reading with my mom and dad every night while eating coffee ice cream. (While they instilled a love of reading, and many other values, they had a questionable choice in nighttime desserts). This early love for reading has translated into a love for writing. I’m so excited because a bookstore just like the one I loved as a child is coming to the Upper West Side. Like many people, I’ve been waiting for it to open for months. The building was covered with post-its that people left saying how excited they were to have a new independent bookstore on the UWS, Bookculture.
Here’s what the announcement note on the door said:
“Dear New York,
You’ve Got Mail
20 years ago, an independent bookstore was forced from this space by a retail giant, which many say partly inspired the movie You’ve Got Mail, starring meg Ryan and Tom Hanks. This fall, the story continues…”
Bookculture has its opening party tonight at 7 pm! They’ll have more events for kids and adults coming soon.
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