Story, video and photos by Sherry Mazzocchi
It was a sad week for uptown bookstores.
On the same day that Washington Heights’ Word Up received a termination notice from their landlord, Harlem’s Hue-Man Bookstore and Café announced they would close after a decade in business.
The news made national headlines.
Patrons begged the store’s CEO, Marva Allen, not to close.
Customers called, emailed and tweeted to keep the store open.
“I had no idea of the outpouring of love that we would receive,” Allen said.
The physical store will close, but Allen said Hue-Man will shift into a new type of business that includes pop-up events in Harlem, as well as other cities and countries.
The store will have its first pop-up event on Sept. 6th at the Kalahari Cultural Center on Fifth Ave. and 116th St. with Miami Heat basketball star Dwyane Wade. She is also planning on doing more events in the Caribbean and Ghana.
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