Westsider Rare and Used Books Saved by Fundraiser

Westsider Rare and Used Books Saved by Fundraiser

Thanks to swift action by New Yorkers, Westsider Rare & Used Books isn’t going anywhere.

When the Upper West Side bookstore announced last week that it would conclude its 35-year-long history in the neighborhood at the end of February, community members responded by creating a GoFundMe campaign.

Using a casual comment made by the bookstore’s co-owner, Dorian Thornley, in an interview with the West Side Rag as his guiding light, fundraiser organizer Bobby Panza set a goal of $50,000 and launched the GoFundMe last Tuesday. By Sunday, donations surpassed the mark.

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“We reached our goal yesterday, the gentleman who started it is coming to take down the ‘going out of business’ sign later,” said Thornley in an interview with Gothamist Monday morning.

Originally known as Gryphon Books, Westsider moved to its current location in 1985, where it once faced the beloved 81st Street Shakespeare & Company Booksellers before it shuttered in 1996.

Top Image: Westsider Rare and Used Books. Courtesy of GoFundMe.