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The crowd outside of Van Alen's new bookstore on West 22nd Street. (Tom Stoelker/The Architect's Newspaper)
It was the perfect spring night for a book launch, or a bookstore launch, or both. Uptown, AN‘s Sam Lubell was signing Julius Shulman Los Angeles: Birth of a Modern Metropolis at the ever-elegant Rizzoli bookstore on 57th Street, while downtown Van Alen threw a vodka-fueled shindig to celebrate the opening of their taxi-yellow LOT-EK-designed bookstore-hangout space.
The milling crowd outside Van Alen’s new West 22nd book-hangout space.
Sam Lubell at Rizzoli for the launch of his new book.
Meanwhile at the Rizzoli, Sam Lubell signs a copy for AN contributor Lydia Lee.
AN’s Sam Lubell with Rizzoli editor Dung Ngo (and Sam’s look-alike brother).
The LOT-EK stair.
Detail of Robert Silman Associates’ engineering.
On the steps made of stacked doors.
AN’s Alan Brake chats with bookstore-angel Joan Davidson at the Van Alen opening.