Proposed Bronx bookstore generates buzz
With no bookstores left in the Bronx, one woman wants to uncork a combination book and wine bar to fill the void.
When the borough's Barnes and Noble store closed at the end of last year, residents were left without a single place to buy books in the Boogie Down.
But an ambitious resident says she'll go to extremes to fix that.
"I am totally willing to be poor, to live in my bookstore and bring a bookstore to my community," says Noelle Santos, who is trying to secure financial backing on the crowdfunding website Indiegogo.
Filmmaker Michael Moore is among the people contributing money, and he turned to his 4 million Twitter followers to urge them to take part, too.
Of her goal of $100,000, Santos says she's raised $40,000 over 18 days.
"Other independent booksellers are helping me get the word out," Santos says. "This is really a community, grassroots, to bring a bookstore to our hood."
Santos envisions the home for her book and wine shop, to be named Lit Bar, in Hunts Point or Mott Haven.