Afro-Latina to Open the Only Bookstore in the Bronx
Just another badass woman!
Noëlle Santos is a millennial, Afro-Latina, hailing from the Bronx in New York City.
In October 2014, Bronx native and resident, Noëlle Santos, joined over 3,000 protesters to save the only existing bookstore in the borough, Barnes & Noble, from displacement. This effort by Bronx readers galvanized property owners to extend the chain store's lease through 2016.
Through this initiative, Noëlle discovered that the Bronx would remain grossly underserved even if the northeast bookstore was allowed to renew its lease; recognizing an opportunity to create a sustainable, more accessible bookshop, that addresses the shortcomings of big-box stores: reflecting and serving the unique needs of the communities they operate in.
The Lit. Bar will be just as multifaceted as me: a bookstore/wine bar/community center. I dream of a graffiti and chandelier theme, much like my life.