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Looking for: Quirky Book Stores

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Looking for: Quirky Book Stores

Hi all!

I decided on a whim to spend a long weekend in NYC (Feb 14-17th). (YAY!).

I'm travelling solo and I love book stores to find brand new books and second-hand treasures, to have coffee and spend some time people-watching. I searched the forum for recommendations on this one but most of them date back quite a while. One which stands out is The Strand which is definitely worth a visit. Any other book stores (or other literature-related places) to browse and have coffee at?

On a side note:

I'm not a first-timer and I'm leaving my schedule quite open this time to see what I feel like. I'm staying at The Jane and I like the thought of spending time in the West Village/Greenwich/Lower East Side/Chelsea. Feel free to share your thoughts for things to do/see/eat/watch. (my interests include: out of the box museums, people watching, historical architecture, food markets and/or supermarkets, walking around, having coffee and making conversation with strangers)

Thanks all!

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1. Re: Looking for: Quirky Book Stores

Housing Works, a charity, has a bookstore and cafe that is quite nice. http://www.housingworks.org/bookstore/

Are you interested in bookstore without cafes?

Edited: 04 February 2014, 14:24
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2. Re: Looking for: Quirky Book Stores

Thanks! And yes, a store without a cafe is good too :)

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3. Re: Looking for: Quirky Book Stores

http://www.argosybooks.com/

http://www.spoonbillbooks.com/

gothamist.com/2013/11/25/nycs_10_best_bookst…

…racked.com/archives/2013/02/21/find_any_boo…

lonelyplanet.com/usa/…77743

http://www.yelp.com/search?find_desc=Independent+Bookstores&find_loc=New+York%2C+NY

nyc.com/best-of-new-york/…

And if you haven't been to Rizzoil in a while http://rizzolibookstore.com/ you may want to make a visit just in case it isn't there the next time you come. …curbed.com/archives/2014/01/15/new_construc…

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4. Re: Looking for: Quirky Book Stores

Unfortunately, NYC is no longer a city of bookstores. (banks, yes, cupcake stores, yes pharmacies, yes, fro-yo, yes). In fact I am very saddened to learn the that original main Barnes and Noble on 5th Ave & 18th St. recently closed and, as noted, Rizzoli may also close.

One of the best remaining stores in Three Lives in Greenwich Village. Quirky Literary.

http://www.threelives.com

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5. Re: Looking for: Quirky Book Stores

FYI:

…blogspot.com/2014/01/barnes-noble-flagship.…

BTW It used to be that this store was listed in the New York phone book (remember phone books?) as also Bonds and Noble, for those people with NYC accents (yes its true) and if you google "Bonds and Noble" you will get the same.

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6. Re: Looking for: Quirky Book Stores

There also use to be a bookstore just for travel, a book store just for mysteries and a bookstore just for cookbooks...but I don't know if they are still around....

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7. Re: Looking for: Quirky Book Stores

Thanks lots!

I hear you, everybody is on Amazon these days instead.

I didn't hear about Bonds and Noble (fun fact btw:)) closing though, what a loss. Here's to hoping independent book stores will survive!

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8. Re: Looking for: Quirky Book Stores

Posmans has 3 locations. Sounds like walking the High Line and visiting Chelsea Market would

appeal to you. Posmans has a location in Chelsea Market.

http://www.posmanbooks.com/

There's another bookstore near the Highline, Printed Matter that might interest you.

Printedmatter.org

Idlewild Books is the travel bookstore and not far from those 2.

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Doublecheck these are all still open, but good photos and selection.

untappedcities.com/2012/…

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10. Re: Looking for: Quirky Book Stores

The Drama Book Shop is one of my favourites. No cafe, but lots of scripts and drama-related literature.

http://www.dramabookshop.com