SCRIBNER’S, Hell’s Kitchen

by Kevin Walsh

Strolling down 9th Avenue after work during the summer, high above 9th Avenue and W. 44th I spotted a faded sign: “Scribner’s.” It’s atop a brick building at 311 W. 43rd Street that was once a printing plant for the Scribner’s publishing house, which was founded by Charles Scribner I (1821-1871); it later published Hemingway, Fitzgerald and Vonnegut. The company merged with Macmillan, which then merged with Simon & Schuster. For many years Scribner’s also maintained a gorgeous retail bookstore on 5th Avenue, which is still intact but has hosted many different varieties of retail since the bookstore closed in 1988, including cosmetics, women’s exercise clothing, and ironically, a Brentano’s bookstore.

Slightly blurry image courtesy my IPhone 6; zooming ain’t what it does best.

Check out the ForgottenBook, take a look at the gift shop, and as always, “comment…as you see fit.”


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