Monday, March 02, 2009

Bookstores in the Bronx

I decided to look into the bookstore ratio thing a bit more and it seems that in the borough of the Bronx, population 1,373,659 across 42 square miles, the stats are even sadder.

Using the IndieBound Goggle mash-up app, no indie bookstores are located in the Bronx. As seen here:

That one bookstore in the bottom left corner is in Manhattan. So I checked agaisnt Google Business locator in Maps, and I found only 3 major bookstores, some college bookstores and a few Christian retailers.

Contrast that against the total population of the bourough with the fact that "50.7% of the total population were Hispanic or Latino of any race (23.3% of Bronx's population were Puerto Ricans) and at least 524,410 residents were born abroad/overseas, according to

If the Bronx is really on the up and up, I think we need more bookstores in that area.


  1. I second the motion! I remember having to go to Yonkers to buy books when I was growing up. No one should have to go to Yonkers for anything. I would even appreciate it if Barnes and Noble decided to open up 5 or 6 superstores...yeah, it's that bad.

  2. Anonymous10:09 AM

    two things, guys. one, what ever happened to using the new york public library and saving your time and money. plus, picture how much barnes and nobles 'd like it if some patron was there in the music section playin' a violin.

    i moved outto' the bronx ten years ago and now live in new jersey 'cuz i couldn't stand how swift it was. nonetheless, they had a book store on divine old riverdale avenue for the copycat wannabe scarsdalians who vote democratic but for all other purposes are purely republican. is it still there or is everybody else throughout the bronx still lookin' at riverdale like brooklyn looks at brooklyn heights, like it's not the real thing in the slightest?!

  3. Anonymous10:13 AM

    here's another thing. i used to work at WaldenBooks at the Cross County Mall. Is that still around?

    Let's get some politician to give a nice tax break to some entrepreneur to open a book store somewhere in the bronx.


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