By Associated Press

Owner says ‘tough times’ prompted the end of Oscar Wilde Bookshop

NEW YORK — New York City’s only remaining gay and lesbian bookstore says it’s closing after 41 years.

Oscar Wilde Bookshop owner Kim Brinster says "tough times" are the reason for the Manhattan store’s closing on March 29. She says the city once supported three gay and lesbian bookstores.

In an e-mail message Tuesday, Feb.. 33, Brinster thanked customers for being part of "a great global community."

She says the Greenwich Village shop was a worldwide destination, with foreign tourists accounting for about two-thirds of its customers.

But she says business has been hurt by the decline in the euro’s value and by large chain bookstores and the Internet.

The Oscar Wilde Bookshop bills itself as the world’s oldest gay and lesbian bookstore. It’s named after the gay Irish author.

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