Book ’em!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Today is Small Business Saturday. And no small business deserves more support than a bookstore. More than just a collection of books, a bookstore is a repository of well-informed tastes and opinions, from its unique stock to the recommendations of its clerks. Here are just a couple of the city’s best:


The Corner Bookstore

1313 Madison Avenue. 212.831.3554

With the sad closure of Crawford Doyle last year, The Corner Bookstore now stands alone as the Upper East Side’s best independent bookstore. Beyond its thorough selection of recent releases, it’s one of the best-staffed shops in the city—everybody who works there seems to have read everything on its shelves, and can always be counted on for a great recommendation. It’s also a truly great-looking store, with large, well-lit windows and quaint benches.



1133 Broadway. 212.759.2424

Although it’s only been at its new NoMad digs for two years, Rizzoli already feels like it’s been in the neighborhood forever. Which is good, because stores like this need to stick around. Rizzoli has one of the best selections of art books in the city, featuring the works of well-known and obscure artists alike. Beyond the coffee table books, it also has a surprisingly great selection of fiction new and old.


The Strand

828 Broadway. 212.473.1452

The Strand long ago stopped being just a bookstore. Today, it’s an institution, with satellite locations near Central Park, Times Square and in a Club Monaco in a Flatiron. But the original location still ranks as one of the city’s finest bookstores. With its famous 18 miles of books, its hard to imagine any book not on its shelves.


McNally Jackson

52 Prince Street. 212.274.1160.

For a certain type of reader, this is the best bookstore in the city. Its classification of authors by nationality makes it easy to develop a taste for another culture’s literature, be it German or Pacific Islander. It also has well-stocked sections of just about everything else, ranging from music theory to typography. This store manages the impossible—it seems both comprehensive and carefully curated.


And a few others:


Books of Wonder

18 West 18th Street. 212.989.3270.

The best, most comprehensive children’s bookstore in New York—or maybe the world.


The Mysterious Bookshop

58 Warren Street. 212.587.1011

Has every mystery novel ever written—detective, spy or otherwise—on its shelves.



172 Allen Street. 212.777.6028

Socially conscious and radical—like the Portlandia bookstore, but friendly. The sort of place that makes you think we just might make it to 2020.


Mercer Street Books & Records

206 Mercer Street. 212.505.8615.

Take it from generations of NYU students—this is Manhattan’s best used bookshop, with a selection that rivals any Barnes & Noble.


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