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This small privately owned store caters to crime mystery buffs who can't get enough of thrilling drama and intrigue in their reading material. Newest authors as well as classic titles are available at the West Village store.
This bookstore is staffed by volunteers and has a radical political theme throughout. It describes itself as a bookstore, fair trade cafe and activist center. It has over 6000 titles covering subjects like gender studies, global capitalism, feminism, police and prisons, democracy studies and black liberation.
This famed Manhattan book seller is a literary and visual Shangri-la, with over 18 miles of books spread over three floors. Authors and photographers schedule book signings frequently and spotting a world famous writer amid the miles of books is a regular occurrence.
Coliseum Books, New York’s largest independent general bookstore, has re-opened between 5th and 6th Avenues, across from the New York Public Library and Bryant Park. The new, bright and airy location has an estimated 100,000 titles, with particularly strong selections in travel, history, performing arts, and bargain books. The new store also boasts an adjoining café for readings, art exhibits and book signings.
This bookstore started life in 1972 and it serves clients with all kinds of rare books, particularly focused on the art world. Books from all centuries between the 15th and 21st are available.
Housing Works Bookstore Café has become an institution of the Soho area since it opened its doors in the late 1990s. The profits of the place all go to the homeless living with HIV and AIDS.
This bookstore in the East Village area of Manhattan carries things to enthuse the bookworm whether they be a student, academic, artist or simply a discerning reader. The specialties of the Third Avenue store include cultural theory, graphic design, poetry, film studies, and foreign and domestic periodicals and journals.
This book store is close to Columbia University so its main focus is text for students but it also offers general reading. It has magazines and journals as well as regular book signings and also buys used books.
Offering a wide selection of children's books from classic to the contemporary, with rare and collectible children's books available. Open Monday - Saturday 10am-7pm and Sunday 12pm-6pm.
For book enthusiasts this independent store is something to be cherished. It has two levels and keeps its stocks to a manageable level so it is not stuffed to the gills. It also has a little cafe on-site that serves tea and coffee.
Disc-o-rama has a couple of locations in Central New York that feature mainstream pop, dance, new age, jazz, classical and rock music. Vinyls and used CDs are also available here as well as books and games.
For those passionate about antique and unusual books and print materials like maps this is a little gem of a store. Print pictures of all kinds of subject matter from American history to animals to children to hunting to sports and theater are on display.
This little store is fully of good old character befitting a well worn hardback or paper back. First editions of recent books, particularly in fiction, poetry, drama and literary non-fiction are the specialty.
This large book store on two floors has over 60,000 titles including over 60 shelves of fiction and 40 of picture books. There are also a number of toys and games available.
This store is focused on children as students and its toys, games and books all have a learning oriented feel. There is a section on education resources for teachers and parents and for kids all kinds of Harry Potter paraphernalia, a large Clifford dog, a big magic yellow school bus and a 6 foot dinosaur.
This unusual bookstore stocks its shelves based on places, 100 countries and all 50 states are represented. The books under the categories including guides for travel, novels, fiction, and cooking. Maps and travel accessories are also available.
The New York Public Library has a store that sell books, desk accessories, tee shirts, stationery, jewelry and novelty items. Gift ideas will pop out as people stroll around the shelves and peruse the paraphernalia on display.
A highly literate staff make this book store a place to visit for fans of reading materials of all different kinds. This independent store has been in business since 1968 and continues to thrive.
This company makes publications designed by artists available to the public. It in effect acts as a place for artists to sell their works in book form. It has a room where 15,000 titles by 5,000 international artists are available to peruse.
Putting Japanese and English books together on the same shelves may seem a little outlandish but it makes the customers here consider others cultures. The store is located in the Midtown west area of Manhattan but also has an on-line service.
The couple who run Bauman Rare Books have been in the rare and collectible book business since 1973. Some of the items in store date back to the 15th century and are more for viewing in a museum-sense than casually flicking through in a New York Times bestseller list sense.
This used bookstore has survived the dawning of the modern bookstore giants and offers all kinds of books but with particular emphasis on art and literature. It also has rare books that are kept under lock and key and first editions are displayed on the walls.
How to Survive New York City for the Newcomer delivers tips on how to reduce stress, loss of money and culture shock. It's a great tool, a small book and perfect for tourists, students and new residents.
Antique print works are in abundance at this Lexington Avenue store in Murray Hill. Founded in 1898 it has been at its current location since 1925 and features American art from 1750 to modern day as well as antique maps and photography. In addition it has a book store associated with print art.
This Upper East side bookstore carries all kinds of literature but specializes in children's books and Judeo-Christian religion. It also carries a selection of greeting cards.
Just inside the Skyscraper Museum is the store that carries a wide array of architecturally oriented books. Many could be sued as coffee table decorations and there also the usual souvenir tee-shirts hats and mugs available.
This store stocks books, fiction and non-fiction in French only. Maps and children's books are also available as are gift items which hail from the European nation at this Midtown east store.
Comic enthusiasts will not be able to tear themselves away from this East Village store as it carries a vast range of books, toys and other collectible items. Customers come from Europe and Japan to check out the stock.
This unusual bookstore is devoted entirely to photography and features works from Europe, Japan and the USA. It has been open to the public since 2005 and features books on contemporary photos from the 1960s to current day.
A Chelsea based rare bookstore specialized in out-of-print books and hard-to-find books. Carrying numerous first editions and signed copies. Store opens every day from 10 am to 6 pm
This store carries numerous first editions and also plenty of oddities that are long out of print. Science fiction, horror and mystery are also popular and there are a few vinyl LPs.
This family bookstore was opened in 1925. The merchandise includes a antiquarian and out of print stock and the store specializes in Americana, modern first editions, autographs, medical science and history and antique maps and prints.
This African-American bookstore is independently owned and opened in 2002. The books are mostly dedicated to authors of books about African Americans. History as well as fiction and boigraphies grace the shelves.
This independent book store offers a light and airy environment with high ceilings to peruse the many titles it has on display. These include literature, books about history, art, sciences, travel and children's books.
Collectors of fine vintage maps, antique books and historic memorabilia of past events, like the revolutionary war, are on display at this Midtown West store. Since the 1970s Richard Arkway has handled many important geographical antiquities, antique maps, atlases, globes and voyage books.
This international bookstore chain started life in Germany and began with comic books. It now carries a full range of reading materials and has stores in many major cities across the globe.
Offering a wide variety of mysteries, crime, suspense, espionage, detective books, and much more. With shopping on-line. Open Monday through Saturday, 11am to 7pm.
The Municipal Art Society owns this bookstore and it carries a wide range of architecture books particularly focused on New York. The store does have the feel of an old library.
Used or second hand books, both rare and not so are on display at this Flatiron district store on 18th Street. The store has been open since the early 1990s and the owner personally selects the books and those who work there are passionate about everything book.
With a wide selection of crime, mystery, rare, and signed first edition books. Online shopping available. Open daily Monday - Saturday from 10am-7:30pm, Sundays 11am to 6pm.
This store located inside the museum has a huge range of books on notable photographers and techniques for getting that very best image. As well as books there are photo-frames, albums and other trinkets.
High wood book shelves and lots of natural light make this place feel a little like a library especially as there are not too many sofa like chairs around. It carries a stock of books that are non-fiction like photography, interior design, nature, food and childrens' books.