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Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton Creator, Buys and Rescues 100-Year-Old Bookstore from Closure

The three men, in cooperation with city authorities and the public, are determined to save the cultural landmark, and have now begun the hunt for a new location for the store.

Shantanu David | News18.com

Updated:January 9, 2019, 12:00 PM IST
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Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton Creator, Buys and Rescues 100-Year-Old Bookstore from Closure
The three men, in cooperation with city authorities and the public, are determined to save the cultural landmark, and have now begun the hunt for a new location for the store.

While he's perhaps most famous for creating Hamilton, the Broadway rap-based musical about one of America's founding fathers which became an international phenomenon, Lin-Manuel Miranda makes headlines for plenty of other reasons.

From the positivity-filled life-affirming tweets he posts every morning and night, which inspired a book titled Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You, to his philanthropy to the way he generally comports himself, it's easy to like the man. And now there's reason to like him even more.

According to The Guardian, the actor and lyricist has combined forces with two of his friends and Hamilton colleagues to rescue the Drama Book Shop, a 100-year-old script, sheet music and theatre-related bookseller, which is presently located in New York's Manhattan and was on the verge of closing due to spiralling rent rates in the Big Apple.

Miranda has a long history with the store, telling the New York Times: “When I was in high school I would go to the old location and sit on the floor and read plays – I didn’t have the money to buy them … when we heard that the rent increase was finally too precipitous to withstand, we began hatching a plan.”

The plan consisted of Miranda, Hamilton director Thomas Kail, and James L Nederlander, president of the Nederlander Organisation which owns the Broadway theatre where the hit play is currently running, buying the the store from Rozanne Seelen, whose husband originally bought the shop back in 1958 (the store was first opened in 1917). Seelen told the New York Times that she had sold the store but had promised to stay on as a consultant.

“It’s the chronic problem – the rents were just too high, and I’m 84 years old – I just didn’t have the drive to find a new space and make another move. Lin-Manuel and Tommy are my white knights,” she told the New York publication.

The three men, in cooperation with city authorities and the public, are determined to save the cultural landmark, and have now begun the hunt for a new location for the store, which will temporarily shut down on January 20, before finding, and reopening in, its new home.

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