Autonomedia: another casualty of gentrification

A real estate developer is set to oust Williamsburg’s last book publisher, Autonomedia, to make room for more investment bankers’ condos.

For more than a century, the book business flourished inside two brick warehouses on South 11th Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, a block from the East River. Since the late 19th century, when the six-story structures were built between Berry Street and Wythe Avenue, they have often been occupied by publishers and presses, both recognized and rarefied.

In recent decades, artists and performers moved in, but now they, along with the last remaining book publisher, may have to leave soon.

No word on the future of the Autonomedia Bookmobile, which has taken “radical cultural theory into the Florida swamps and the Nevada desert.”


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