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St Marks Bookshop – Letter of Support from Rosie Mendez

Dear Ms. Westcott:

I write to add my name to others who call upon Cooper Union to grant all favorable

consideration to the St. Mark’s Bookshop, an institution which has a long tradition in our

community and which serves an increasingly rare and admirable function. St. Marks is

currently struggling to pay the market rent that Cooper Union is charging them at 31

Third Avenue, and a significant rent concession by Cooper Union could save this

irreplaceable neighborhood institution.

St. Marks has occupied their small commercial space in the ground floor of your

dormitory building since the structure was built in the mid-1980’s. As I recall, Cooper

Union agreed to house the bookstore in this space, at least in part, as a concession to the

community when opposition arose to the construction of another dormitory along 3rd Ave.

I know that economic difficulties are affecting all manner of organizations in these trying

times. However, given the breath of Cooper Unions’ real estate investments, including

the soon to be redeveloped 51 Astor Place as a fully commercial building, I believe that a

rent concession to St. Mark’s Bookshop would not constitute a large burden for your

institution. It could on the other hand preserve a unique neighborhood bookstore.

I urge you to preserve St. Marks.



Rosie Mendez


cc: Claire McCarthy