From the Daily News:
Queens may offer some of the best shopping in the city - and is home to the most profitable mall in the nation - but it could be the worst borough to find a good read.
With only five chain bookstores boroughwide and one notable independent retailer, most residents must trek to Manhattan or Long Island to find the latest best-seller, or buy it online.
Rising rents and dwindling profits have forced many branches to shut down completely...
Even Queens Center Mall, which boasts the highest revenue per square foot of any shopping center in the nation, is deemed a bad location for selling popular tomes. Not one of its 150 storefronts is a bookstore.
Many residents have requested a book haven in the mall, said spokeswoman Dawn Simon. But retailers haven't looked for a space since Walden Books left about 10 years ago, she said.
With only five major bookstores - one of which is a Borders in Terminal 5 at JFK Airport - for the entire borough of Queens, and the recent closings of 14 library branches on Saturdays, some say the demand is only growing.
Well, we could have had one at Flushing Commons. But the City decided that it was ok for a developer to put more luxury condos there instead.