(l. to r.) 817 and 821 Broadway. No. 817 was built in 1895-98 in the Renaissance Revival style as a 14-story structure designed by George B. Post for William Weld. It housed various clothing companies, including Meyer Jonasson & Company, then known as “the world’s largest manufacturer of ladies’ garments.” No. 821 was built in 1906 as an 11-story loft building designed by Samuel Sass. It was the home of one of Book Row’s longest-running shops, which featured an extensive selection of books by Black authors and on subjects including Black Studies, radicalism, socialism, and the political left.

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Photo by Dylan Chandler