|681 Washington Street today|
I used to take my tours to 681 Washington Street, the home of Judith's Room bookstore from 1989 to 1995. Unfortunately Judith's Room, one of the last women's bookstores in NYC, closed. It had great books, t-shirts, magazines and readings, but was in a poor location. Also, thanks to the women's movement of the 1960s, most bookstores now have a women's section. But the sections are usually not as good as in an independent bookstore. Through the years, I was always saddened when, upon talking about this bookstore, I was asked by a woman, "What's a women's bookstore?" Were the 1960s that long ago?
In 1991, the poet Hettie Jones gave a reading there. The poet Audre Lorde also gave a number of readings at Judith's Room as well.