A Week in New York April Brentano's inThe street-level floor of the Scribner Building on Fifth Avenue near 48th Street, vacant since early this year, will become a bookstore again in October when a branch of the Brentano's chain moves into the space, executives of the company said yesterday. Waterstone's had planned to restore the interior to its 's appearance and to create a full-service bookstore on the site, architects and others involved in the project said. The store would have opened in January. Brentano's is a division of Waldenbooks Inc. Brentano's and other Waldenbooks outlets generally offer a limited range of titles and services compared with major independent booksellers. Brentano's expects to open in mid-October.
The Brentano's bookstore chain, which began as a Manhattan newsstand in , filed for protection under the bankruptcy laws yesterday and said that it intended to close half its 28 stores. Francis O. Hunnewell, chairman of Brentano's Consolidated Companies, the holding company that owns the chain, said that Brentano's flagship store at Fifth Avenue, its Greenwich Village store and certain others would stay open while the chain was reorganized. The chain operates in six states and Toronto. The action, Mr. Hunnewell said, would shield Brentano's from its creditors during the reorganization and allow the company ''the opportunity of disposing of these stores in the most equitable fashion to the benefit of our lenders, creditors and shareholders. Kendrick Noble Jr.
Brentano's was an American bookstore and had numerous locations in the United States. There was a store in the Bergen Mall Paramus, N. There were two stores outside of Washington, D. Brentano's was owned by Macmillan in the s and early s, before being bought out by three of Brentano's higher ranking employees. Brentano's was founded as an independent bookstore in New York City in by August Brentano , who established a newsstand in front of the New York Hotel. The first branch store for the company was opened in Washington, D.
The Book of Lamentations: a bitterly nostalgic look at a city in the process of going extinct. A gorgeous bookstore. I always felt bright and tall when I shopped there.
At that time, newspapers and magazines were usually peddled from door to door, but the hotelkeeper allowed Brentano to use the desirable space, some say because Brentano had an evident physical handicap. Regardless of that fact, thanks to his resourcefulness, Brentano created an incredibly successful business, but it was his nephew, Arthur, who made Brentano's an institution. In , the three brothers bought out their uncle, but Brentano continued working at the store until his death in The firm was then reorganized in , with Simon as president. It was around this time that Arthur launched the old and rare department, collecting fine old books of great value as well as providing the service of locating privately printed pamphlets, books and periodicals in foreign languages, including first editions and some out-of-print. This service brought Brentano's orders from all over the world and gave it international importance in the book world. When Simon died in , Arthur — who had long-despised the administrative aspect of the store — became president and the next generation of Brentano fellows, Lowell and Arthur, Jr.