We Welcome Rizzoli to Our St. James Building
Monday September 8, 2014
After an exhaustive search of many retail space opportunities in several unique neighborhoods in Manhattan, Rizzoli, the world-renowned publisher, will reopen its famed New York flagship bookstore in our St. James Building at 1133 Broadway. The opening of Rizzoli, anticipated for Spring 2015, will mark the return of a quintessential feature of the New York experience.
Rizzoli established its first store in New York in 1964 at 55th Street and Fifth Avenue and later moved to 31 West 57th Street. During these 50 years, this elegant store, with its knowledgeable, passionate and multilingual staff, became a sanctuary for booklovers seeking a comprehensive, thoughtful selection of books on art, architecture, photography, and design.
Rizzoli management felt this location best fit their key criteria. The 5,000 square foot store at 26th and Broadway will:
- Be near other complimentary retail businesses — International leaders such as Marimekko (Finland), Porcelanosa (Spain), Lego (Denmark), and Maison Kitsune (France).
- Have heavy pedestrian traffic at all times.
- Be accessible by subway and cab from all parts of the city.
- Be located in a neighborhood with an exceptional park and fine architecture, appealing to the discerning tastes of the Rizzoli customer.
- Provide access to an affluent resident and tourist base as well as NoMad’s increasing number of creative professionals in the fields of design, architecture, media, and art.
Located in the Gilded Age St. James Building, with its wonderful scale and classic details, Rizzoli’s new store will have the same sophisticated, inviting interior as its predecessors but interpreted with an exciting contemporary edge.
According to Leslie Spira Lopez, President and CEO of Kew Management Corporation, “We have strived to find the right retail tenants for what is one of the highest profile corners in NoMad. I believe we couldn’t have found a better match for our building and the neighborhood. Rizzoli’s decision to locate in our building affirms that the Madison Square area is once again a center of New York City life, just as it was the hub of New York society in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.”
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