|So many treasures are found in NYC bookstores –credit|
While it’s easy enough to shop on Amazon (and perhaps cheaper), you didn’t move to New York (or come to visit NYC) to stay in your apartment or hotel room, sit behind a screen, and wait for deliveries. NYC bookstores make up the fabric of many New York neighborhoods and offer much more than an online retailer. From readings and signings to events, or even friendly, personalized help to find the novel you didn’t know you were looking for, supporting an independent bookstore and indulging in local culture is one of the most New Yorky things you can do.
The Strand, at the corner of 12th and Broadway, is recognized by both locals and international tourists by its bright red awnings, outside carts selling $1 books, and an interior of 18 miles of titles, including rare and antique copies. For the bargain shopper, lower-than-list books are available inside, including a table of cheaper-than-eBook copies, as well as curated selections by well-known authors. The upper level boasts a great selection of art and fashion books while the basement houses interesting sociological finds.
|Inside the Strand –credit|
Kitchen Arts & Letters is an Upper East Side bookstore dedicated to publications about food, cooking, and culinary interests. Browse popular cookbooks from NYC restaurants, a selection of out-of-print rarities, and literary journals focused on food.
|The selection here is perfect for any foodie. –credit|
McNally Jackson provides a necessary level of calm to bustling SoHo. The bookstore’s cafe, decorated with book page wallpaper and hardcover light structures on the ceiling, is a perfect place to relax with a cup of coffee, a kale salad, and a recently purchased novel (hopefully at 20% off if it’s a popular buy!). The bookstore is also unique in that it prints independent authors’ books and zines, all available for purchase at the store. A long oak table in the basement provides excellent workspace for those who crave quiet, literary surroundings, and the unexpected pleasure of no WiFi connection. The store also hosts readings, book clubs, and book launches (read: free wine).
|This is the ideal place to shop and relax –credit|
Bluestockings Bookstore, Fair Trade Cafe, and Activist Center is the only volunteer-run bookstore in the city. The Lower East Side store carries over 6,000 titles on topics including feminism, queer and gender studies, global capitalism, police and prisons, and black studies. Magazines, zines, journals, popular children’s books, and novels are also all available. The spaces hosts readings, workshops, performances, discussions and films almost every night.
|Inside Bluestockings –credit|
Located in a narrow space on Greenwich Village’s Bleecker Street, BookBook is the ideal stop to pick up a new read or a literary gift. The store prides itself on customer service, and will help you find that unique story you didn’t know existed, or the author you think you might have heard of, but can’t actually remember anything about. Hardcovers are constantly 20 percent off, and sale shelves always have welcome surprises.
|Shopping at Bookbook –credit|
Idlewild is both a book store and a culture center, specializing in world literature, travel guides (20 percent off!), and offering language classes in French, Spanish, Italian, and Arabic for all levels. Children’s books in all languages make great gifts, or an interesting afternoon of reading to refresh your high school language skills. The Chelsea store recently opened a second location in Williamsburg, in the Bedford mini-mall.
|Inside the cozy world of Idlewild –credit|
Located on Crosby Street, Housing Works Bookstore Cafe runs almost completely through donated merchandise and volunteer staffing. Prices are much lower than expected and all profits are donated to Housing Works, which helps people living with and affected by AIDS. The dual-level bookstore offers plenty of seating with wide tables in the back section, which can be reserved in advance for work or socializing. The cafe serves fresh and local foods, and donation-based events such as readings or performances are often held in the evenings.
|It’s hard to walk by Housing Works without going in.–credit|
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