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Iconic NYC Comic Store St. Marks Is Going Out of Business

Another classic New York City hallmark, St. Mark's Comics, is shutting down after 36 years of selling comics in Manhattan's East Village.

Confirmed through posts on their Twitter and Facebook accounts, the shop will be closing its flagship and sole remaining location on St. Mark's Place at the end of February with a clearance sale beginning today to help the business clear its inventory.

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A separate post on the shop's Facebook page provided some insight on the decision to close up after 36 years while expanding on its previous statement on Twitter:

We’ve been asked why.

There are lots of obstacles to running a retail storefront in NYC; too many of them at once to fight, and after 36 pretty intense years, not enough left to fight them.

We are forever grateful to our customers, who made it possible to pursue our passion for so long.

To our families and friends, without whose patience and indulgence we could never do all the things required to run a retail business for 36 years.

Most especially, to all the talented and dedicated staff, mostly now extended family, who contributed their time, expertise, ideas, and love to make this the very best shop it could be.

We’ll see you soon to say goodbye and share a good memory.Let’s make this month a wake, not a funeral.

Opening at a time when the neighborhood was at the height of the punk rock scene, the business is the latest to its impressive run in the face of gentrification and rising rent across the borough after over three decades catering to new and old comic book readers of the East Village.

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(via Comics Beat)

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