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Supporters of Closing Rizzoli Bookstore Call for Reforms to City's Landmarks Process

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The impending closure of a famous Midtown bookstore has politicians and activists calling for reforms to the city's landmarking process.

Supporters say the century old Rizzoli Building, which houses the Rizzoli Bookstore, deserves protection through landmark status, despite a rejection by the Landmark Preservation Commission. They say the commission's process is slow and lacks transparency.

"We're here today to ask that LPC immediately study those remaining buildings on West 57th street, particularly those on this block, to identify and landmark those that represent the best of their eras, so we don't have any more Rizzoli situations,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer.

"All the new construction that is moving here, they want to be to this neighborhood, they want these buildings here, and yet because of it, we are losing what makes New York, New York,” said Simeon Bankoff, executive director of the Historic Districts Council.

Rizzoli Bookstore's last day in business is April 15.

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