It’s the last straw for The Strand.
The owner of the beloved Downtown bookstore is planning to sue after the City Council’s Land Use Committee voted Monday to designate it a landmark against the owner’s wishes.
“Of course, I’m disgusted with it,” Strand owner Nancy Bass Wyden said of the vote to the Daily News. “But it was expected.”
Bass Wyden said landmark status and expected costs that go with it could force her out of business some 92 years after her grandfather set up shop at the 826 Broadway building.
She explained that landmark status would force her to spend thousands of dollars on design proposals for every little change she may want to make in future, subject to approval from the Landmarks Preservation Commission.
Bass Wyden said landmarks regulations are equivalent to government seizure of her property, a violation of her Fifth Amendment rights.
Pols “made the erroneous assumption that [Bass Wyden] would roll over without a fight,” said her lawyer Alex Urbelis. “They picked the wrong bookstore and they certainly picked the wrong woman.”
He said Bass Wyden will sue the Landmarks Preservation Commission, “to start,” in Manhattan Federal Court at a date to be determined.
The store is located in the district of Councilwoman Carlina Rivera, who voted in favor of landmark status for The Strand and six other buildings Monday.
She said, “That was something the community had been asking to landmark for a very long time. It’s been years in the making. So to finally see it through is good news for the preservation groups and all of the advocates.”