NYC’s Newest (and Only) French Bookstore, Albertine

Nestled inside the French Embassy, the community space will host a celebratory festival with talks from filmmakers, mathematicians and more

For the past five years, New York City has—surprisingly, considering its international reputation and community—been lacking something: a French language bookstore. They had all shuttered, one by one, until the last, Librairie de France in Rockefeller Center, closed after 74 years in 2010 (it’s now transitioned to mail order). This has changed with Albertine, a new French bookstore open to the public in an unusual …