After more than 50 years in business, Rizzoli bookstore shut it doors Friday night.
Customers of the popular shop gathered during its final hour.
Rizzoli had recently become the center of debate in the landmarking process.
The century-old building was refused landmark status last month, and similar requests received no response in 2007.
"I was kind of overwhelmed by the look of it and the feel of it, and just being surrounded by books and such a beautiful space," said one person.
"It's going to be sorely missed by a lot of people," said another.
"It's beautiful to see the outpouring of people coming out and showing support and coming to console us and say, 'I'm so sorry,' and I'm right there with them," said a third.
"This building should've been landmarked, yes," said a fourth. "I think this is such a loss."
The building's owners announced plans to demolish it in January, along with two smaller adjacent buildings.