Read it and weep:
Oldest gay NY
bookstore to close
AP from the Web,
February 4, 2009
New York City's only gay and lesbian
bookstore says it's closing after 41 years.
Oscar Wilde Bookshop owner Kim Brinster says "tough times" are the reason for
the Manhattan store's closing on March 29. She says the city once
supported three gay and lesbian bookstores.
In an e-mail message Tuesday, Brinster thanked customers for being part of "a
great global community."
She says the Greenwich Village shop was a worldwide destination, with foreign
tourists accounting for about two-thirds of its customers.
But she says business has been hurt by the decline in the euro's value and by
large chain bookstores and the Internet.
The Oscar Wilde Bookshop bills itself as the world's oldest gay and lesbian
bookstore. It's named after the gay Irish author.