Addressing Your Questions
Dear Patrons, Members and New Yorkers,

Thank you so much on behalf of all of us at Book Culture.

We have received an enormous outpouring of support, and we’d like to address a couple of common questions and share the status of our efforts.  

We are hoping to borrow and then repay at least $750,000 to pay our vendors and publishers and restock our stores.

One of our goals is to find a lending source or equity investor and not rely on donations or crowdfunding, except as a last resort. More broadly, we are appealing to a change in the priorities of local government . The support of small business and storefront businesses, which are hubs of culture, education, and community-building, needs to be a main focus of our city. 

I am asking that a mechanism be found to provide a lending source to Book Culture by the City or the State.

We have received many of your requests to know who to write and what to say. I have met with our State Senator Mike Gianaris . He has said he he will pursue a solution for our needs and get back to me.  You can email him to let him know of your support and love for Book Culture: https://www.nysenate.gov/senators/michael-gianaris/contact .

I have spoken to Jimmy Van Bramer , our council member in Queens, and he has proposed that we meet with Corey Johnson the Council Speaker, whose chief of staff spoke with me toward that same end. You can write to them, other council members, and the mayor to ask them to meet with me to find a solution for Book Culture, and by extension, all storefront business. 

You can meet Jimmy Van Bramer in person at our store in LIC on Tuesday July 2 nd at 6pm where he is doing a meet and greet to hear what’s important to you. You can RSVP via email: mike@bhstrategiesllc.com .

Helen Rosenthal and Gale Brewer have gotten involved as well and have asked the office of Small Business Services to discuss possible solutions with me. I have discussed possible paths with their Chief of Staff. You can write to Greg Bishop , the director of that agency, here, https://www1.nyc.gov/site/sbs/about/email-the-commissioner.page and ask that his office be as forward-thinking and supportive as possible.

We remain open to a private solution as wel l.  We are open to borrowing or taking investment. The initial conversations I’ve had with city and state officials indicate that legislative help will not be  will not be immediate, and therefore a pivot to the private sector is likely. With several possible paths, we remain ever optimistic.

The economic realities, the financial levers, and the amount of commerce that has become internet-based and delivered makes the challenge complex, but it is not insurmountable. 

We should all take heart that so much genuine concern from our local government is evident. The many letters of support that indicate warmth and appreciation for our human enterprise have been profoundly uplifting. 
 
New York, you have always been a great home to us, and we plan to stay.

More soon.  
Chris Doeblin
chris@bookculture.com