Monthly Archives: July 2012

Help us stay beyond July 31

As you might have heard, from last week’s newsletter or news sources, Word Up’s new management company terminated our month-to-month lease agreement as of July 2, 2012. The lease, sponsored by Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, had been a month-to-month agreement, giving either side allowance to terminate at any point with 30 days’ notice.

Because July 31 is the supposed to be the last day in our current home, the Word Up volunteer collective is working very hard, and very quickly, to explore our options. The ideal space would be centrally located in Washington Heights with a lot of foot traffic, close to our current ~1000 square feet, would include a stage and storage space, and would be at a subsidized rental rate. If you too have ideas, suggestions, or direct links to such a space, we are anxious to hear from YOU.

A GIANT THANK YOU to everyone who has called or emailed in tips and leads so far. We have had the privilege of having everyone from customers, local politicians, neighboring nonprofit organizations, and city agencies give us real, concrete advice and hands-on help. We’ve followed up on many of these leads, or are in the process of doing so, and had a productive meeting with representatives for some of our elected officials at the store last night. Many things are in motion, but nothing is conclusive yet, so please continue to send in suggestions, volunteer your time at the store, or join the CSB to help us through these next steps financially while also helping alleviate extra backaches from having to move a lot of books very soon. 

To stay updated, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, subscribe to our newsletter, and most importantly—we’re not kidding!—please visit the store when you can. Our early summer hours are 2-9pm. We’ll try and keep the place stocked with the most updated information on paper and in person, and, most of all, you are why we have stuck around so long, so it’d be great to see you through such a strange time!

Read more about what’s been happening at DNAinfo, New York Daily NewsPublishers Weekly, the Examiner, and the Manhattan TimesThank you also to Rafael Figuereo of Canal 35/DominicanYorkTV’s Conversando con la Comunidad for giving us some airtime to explain our current situation.

Sherry Mazzocchi of the Manhattan Times came by last Friday and made a great video—check it out below, or at this link!

WORD UP SEEKS NEW HOME

PLEASE HELP!

As the only multilingual, general-interest bookshop and art space in Washington Heights, Word Up has been a locus of culture and creativity in the neighborhood since June 2011. Our new management company terminated our month-to-month lease agreement as of July 2, 2012. The lease, sponsored by Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, had been a month-to-month agreement, giving either side allowance to terminate at any point with 30 days’ notice.

As readers of this site may already know, Word Up was originally slated as a 1-week-long pop-up project. Now officially a joint program of nonprofit organizations Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA) and Seven Stories Institute (SSI), we have garnered vibrant and continual community support to remain open for over a year.

During our recent birthday fund drive to accommodate a slight raise in rent, we raised $9,200 in 10 days, intended to help us into Year 2. THANK YOU for your support—not just financially, but in all the ways you have shown it all year. We plan to put those funds to good use and to make sure that a Year 2 (beyond our last day at 4157 Broadway) happens, in our neighborhood el Alto, Washington Heights.

Now that we have received a 30-day notice on our current home, the volunteer collective is working with NoMAA and SSI to explore moving options. The ideal space would be centrally located in Washington Heights with a lot of foot traffic, close to our current ~1000 square feet, would include a stage and storage space, and would be at a subsidized rental rate.

If you have ideas, suggestions, or direct links to such a space, we are anxious to hear from YOU. We would be happy to share with you more detailed, concrete information on our progress over the past year at that time, if needed.

Our needs are great, but not impossible to achieve, considering all else that has been accomplished in the past year as a community.

As our future becomes clearer, we will likely have a big ol’ meeting to discuss next steps. Look out for updates! To make sure you get the news, subscribe to our newsletter, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter (not just to sound like a broken record, but because the Fbookers and tweeters in the crew are usually much faster at dissemination of info than this here blog poster.) And most importantly, please visit the store when you can. We’ll try and keep the place stocked with the most updated information on paper and in person, and, most of all, you are why we have stuck around so long, so it’d be great to see you through such a strange time!

Read more at New York Daily News and the Manhattan Times.

Please send any informative leads to info @ wordupbooks . com.