Holy cow. I was walking around avenue of americas and noticed between 21st and 22nd street in new york city that barnes and noble closed on March 31, 2008. This was a huge surprise probably because I have not been shopping at all but the economy is so bad now. I went to the manhattan mall and many stores were closed in the lower level including the food court.
I can remember at least a few years back just hanging around that store before all the apartment buildings cropped up around a few blocks around there and it became too crowded to drink coffee and lightly glimpse a book in the resident starbucks in the back. Not that I've been going there lately but it was sad.