By Carla Zanoni, DNAinfo Social Media Editor
WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — Read on, uptown.
Washington Heights’ pop-up bookstore has signed a lease for its Broadway location through May.
After months of operating rent-free, community bookstore Word Up entered into a contract with landlord Vantage Properties Monday for its space at 4157 Broadway, according to organizer Veronica Liu.
Volunteer and uptown artist Emmanuel Abreu, who goes by the performer name DJ Boy, said he was thrilled by the news.
“Even though some people were skeptical about a bookstore making it past a month, the community’s force was stronger than any negative thoughts towards the beautiful place,” he wrote in an email. “We are here for the long run.”
Officials declined to specify the bookstore’s rent, but they said it was less than $3,000 a month. If so, that’s significantly less than the going rate of approximately $9,000 a month for retail space in the immediate area.
A spokesman for Vantage Properties said, “We are pleased to support Word Up bookstore, which has had tremendous success and a positive impact on the Washington Heights community.”