Beyond the Strand
Written by Bwog Staff
Looking to pick up some summer reading? The woman at the desk of Partners and Crime, in the East Village, told Bwog reporter Emma Jacobs that Manhattan’s bookshop scene’s just not what it used to be–but we didn’t believe her. You can still find some of the best bookshops around hanging in on Manhattan to serve every taste. Click here for a map of the bookshops, and happy browsing!
Three Lives & Co.
154 West 10th Street, Greenwich Village
Wooden shelves and red brick. This one’s a classic, traditional bookshop in a cozy space in the West Village.
Unoppressive, Non-Imperialist Bargain Books
34 Carmine Street, West Village
In an incredible corner of the Village, you’ll find amazing prices on remainders focused around politics and art. Children’s bookshop is next door. Also, the name is awesome.
Housing Works Used Bookstore Café
126 Crosby Street, Soho
Beautiful Soho space sells used books and coffee, with proceeds going to help homeless New Yorkers living with AIDS. Great monthly concert series too.
Partners & Crime
44 Greenwich Ave
This place has exclusive mysteries and detective novels. The staff know their stuff inside and out.
122 4th Avenue, East Village
A bookstore for you cooks and gourmands with lots of hard to find vintage cookbook titles you never knew you’d missed.
Shakespeare & Co.
716 Broadway Frnt, Greenwich Village
939 Lexington Ave, Midtown East
137 E 23rd St, Gramercy Park
There’s more than one, and they’re all adorable.
McNally Robinson Booksellers LLC
50 Prince Street, Little Italy
To be honest, this place is a little blander, but the selection is good and it has a teahouse. Who doesn’t love a teahouse?
St. Mark’s Bookshop
31 Third Avenue, East Village
A little like Labyrinth, an academic place, but with an especially great collection for starving artists.
The Mysterious Bookshop
58 Warren Street, Tribeca
Surprised that one mystery bookshop can make it? Well, there’s another.
250 W. 40th St., Midtown
For more dramatic tastes, offers a collection of sheet music, plays and movie scripts.
840 Broadway, off Union Square
A bookstore of comic books, graphic novels and assorted supplies to realize your personal geekdom.
Urban Center Books
457 Madison Ave, Midtown
Architecture and design bookstore of the Municipal Art Society.