Thomas Beller, on the closing of local restaurants and bookstores:

My friend Tom Cushman, who runs the Upper West Side bookstore Murder Ink and Ivy’s, once remarked to me that their busiest day of the year came while they were doing renovations. Tons of people came running into the store with an alarmed look on their face asking if they were going out of business. “I’d never seen half those people before, but they all acted like they shop here all the time,” said Tom. “I guess some people only patronize independent bookstores when they are going out of business.”