New York City Bookshops
New Yorkers are familiar with the city's largest bookshop, Strand Books, and many visitors to city who are also book lovers, make sure they check out that…
Getting a read on The Mysterious Bookshop, by Melissa Kravitz, October 8, 2019. It’s no mystery how The Mysterious Bookshop has stayed in business for more than 40 years: The specialty independent store is beloved by both its owner, Otto Penzler, and loyal customers from all over the world. Penzler proudly announces that his is “the oldest and largest mystery bookstore in the world.”
Local Artisan of the day is Codex Books. St. Marks Bookstore may be RIP but that doesn't mean independent bookstores are no more. Codex Books is a new bookstore that sells used and new books of all kinds, with an emphasis on literary fiction and art books. They also buy gently used books, sell rare books & do old fashion literary & poetry readings.
This may be the exact right week to read an migration or immigration narrative, though: It’s New York City’s annual Immigrant Heritage Week, and to celebrate, the New York Public Library’s Elizabeth Waters posted a fantastic list of NYC-based immigration books, both fiction and non-fiction, worth checking out. (The NYPL is also throwing a number of free events in honor of the week, for New York readers.)
LOGOS BOOKSTORE (UPPER EAST SIDE, MANHATTAN). Logos bills itself as a “specialty bookstore that offers a large selection of Judeo-Christian books and bibles - currently the largest in Manhattan - as well as fiction, children's books, and best-sellers.” Address: 1575 York Ave, New York, NY 10028, United States. Phone: 212-517-7292 .
WORD UP BOOKS (WASHINGTON HEIGHTS, MANHATTAN). Run by volunteers, Word Up is a multilingual, general-interest community bookshop and arts space in Washington Heights, committed to preserving and building a neighborhood in which all residents help each other to live better informed and more expressive lives, using books as an instrument of reciprocal education and exchange, empowering not only themselves, but their community. At 2113 Amsterdam Ave (at 165th St), Washington Heights.
BOOK THUG NATION (BROOKLYN). BTN carries a wide selection of quality used books at low prices with a focus on Literary Fiction, Film and Philosophy. They have solid collections of Sci-Fi, Mystery/Noir, Poetry, Drama, History, Erotica, Foriegn Language, Graphic Novels, Childrens and Art. Martial Arts! The store also holds regular events and gatherings, including author readings, movie screenings, lectures, neighborhood meetings, and kids nights. 100 North 3rd Street, Brooklyn.
A one page guide to 18 of NYC's remaining independent bookstores, by MELISSA KRAVITZ. December 4, 2015. In 2015, bookstores are a dying breed in NYC. While a great new one pops up every so often, independent bookstores like the formerly beloved Shakespeare and Company have been forced to shutter thanks to rising rents and the popularity of things like e-readers and online mega retailers.
Not a bookshop, but a look at where some famous writers lived in NYC. It’s no surprise that creative artists and writers have flocked to the cultural hub that is New York City over the years. From Jack Kerouac to Emma Lazarus, we’ve tracked down where renowned writers created their greatest works and developed their ideas. You can even go and check out a few of these locations yourself and stand in the footsteps of some of America’s literary stars.
Feminist bookstore in East Village turns to crowdfunding for support, by JASON SHALTIEL, September 24, 2015. Build your home library with books from NYC's A guide to NYC's remaining independent bookstores. For the city's only feminist bookstore, rising rent has taken its toll. So Bluestockings, one of only 13 feminist-identified bookstores in the U.S. and Canada, turned to crowdfunding to support badly needed repairs.
BROOKLYN/DUMBO: SINGULARITY & CO., is a team of time traveling archivists longing for futures past. Our mission is to bring Vintage SciFi, Fantasy and Pulp awesomeness from our store at 18 Bridge Street, DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY to you wherever you are. Our shop in DUMBO is open from Noon to 7pm, Wednesday to Sunday. PH: 347-460-7724
ARGOSY BOOKS (MIDTOWN EAST): Argosy Book Store, founded in 1925, claims to be "New York City's Oldest Independent Book Store." The store occupies a six-floor building in midtown Manhattan and a large warehouse in Brooklyn. They specialize in Americana, modern first editions, autographs, art, antique maps & prints, and the history of science & medicine. They also have thousands of books in all other fields of interest. Location: 116 East 59th Street (near Park Ave.) PH: (212) 753-4455