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In this week's New York Times, Marcelle Fischler writes:
On a recent afternoon at the Dolphin Bookshop, on a hilly corner of Main Street and Shore Road, Patti Vunk was gift-wrapping books. “It might be cheaper to go online; it might be easier to go online,” said Ms. Vunk, explaining the book emporium’s survival in the age of e-readers, but Port Washington residents “want us to be here.”
Three years ago, local supporters helped pack books and relocate the shop. For much of its 67-year history, it had been in a strip close to the high school; today, with its fans’ backing, it has found congenial space in a revamped historic building close to the town dock on Manhasset Bay. The area has restaurants and adjoins Sunset Park, which is home to the John Philip Sousa band shell.
With its new vegetarian cafe, free music series, magic shows, funky magnets, and crafty birdhouses for sale in the gardening-book section, the Dolphin captures the artsy aura and sense of community that define Port Washington.
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