Popular Chicago Bookstore Opens in NYC
One of the most iconic places in Chicago has opened a second location in New York City. Quimby's is an independently owned bookstore that sells independently-published and small press books, comics, zines, and ephemera. They are best known for providing unusual, the aberrant, saucy and low-brow content. Quimby's founder, Steven Svymbersky, opened the first location in Chicago in Wicker Park in 1991. However, before the opening, Quimby's was already a household name for many as Svymbersky and friends had been independently publishing zines since 1985 and the Quimby Magazine since 1986. The philosophy behind Quimby's is " to carry every cool - bizarre - strange - dope - queer - surreal - weird publication ever written and published" as diversity is one of the core values held by Quimby's.
Now, Svymbersky has brought the beloved bookstore to Williamsburg in New York City. While the NYC location lacks the square footage of the Chicago branch, the neighborly support provided by the adjacent Desert Island and other businesses is ideal according to Svymbersky. Continuing the Quimby brand, Svymbersky tells AM New York that "the store's aesthetic is influenced by natural history museums," and is home to decorated murals as well as hot topic novels focusing on feminism, LGBTQ culture, anarchy, and resistance.
Since its opening two months ago, Svymbersky has reported an "amazing" response from customers ranging from former Chicagoans who are excited to see a familiar store in the back yard again to a book-family of New Yorkers. While providing all the typical functions of a bookstore, Quimby's will also focus heavily on hosting events such as readings, book signings, film screenings, and zine-making workshops.