A Booklover's Itinerary for New York City
New York City is vast, to say the least. A melting pot of countless cultures, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that in many ways, New York is the capital of the world. One of the most densely populated megacities, New York has lots of everything. Ergo, New York has a lot of awesome bookstores too. No, not e-bookstores, actual bookstores! The ones where you can hold a book in your hands, take-in its fragrance & visit amazing worlds through its images and words. Let’s find out how a voracious reader can meander through these New York bookstores and come out at the end to declare that she or he has read the book of the Big Apple. Here’s a book lover’s itinerary for New York City:
• 192 Books This bookstore which borrows its name from its location in the Fun City is a charming and energy-infusing destination for a nice read. Watching the lovely books of the bookstore, especially from the street, through its huge glass windows, makes not entering 192 Books difficult to resist. Here are some FAQs about the place:
Curations: Fiction, Film, Photography, Science & History books
Address: 192 Tenth Avenue at 21st Street
Hours: 11am - 7pm, Monday - Sunday
• bookbook: In the midst of Greenwich Village, you will fall in love with a bookshop twice because it’s called bookbook and it’s in New York, New York. An independent general bookstore, bookbook was in its past incarnation known as Biography Bookshop. The books are simply and neatly stacked in the old-age high wooden shelves of this store. The staff is friendly, the discounts are deadly and the services are many - the most amazing one of which is shipping hard-to-find titles at your doorstep. FAQs galore:
Curations: Recent and backlist fiction, children’s books, travel, history, drama, cookbooks, art & fashion books
Address: 266 Bleecker Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues Hours: Sunday - Thursday 11am - 10pm; Friday-Saturday 11am - 11pm
• Strand Books Assembled at the Union Square, Strand is the big fish in the bookstore pond! Famous for its diverse collections of rare books (on the third floor-don’t tell anyone else), the Strand has volumes and volumes of limited edition, classic, out-of-print, second-hand, and rare titles. You think of it, the Strand has it, collated in its stacks of volumes lying on the atlas shoulders of its shelves spread over multiple floors.
Curations: A diverse collection of maps, art, and experimental photography
Address: 12th Street and 828 Broadway, Manhattan
Hours: Monday-Saturday 9:30am - 10:30pm; Sunday 11:00am - 10:30pm; Rare Book Room is open daily until 6:15 pm; Buying Desk Open Monday - Saturday 9:30am - 6:00pm
• McNally Jackson Books Nolita’s sweetheart, this independent bookstore owned and operated by Sarah McNally has a beautiful café and a large sale floor for its customers to stroll and read books. A buzzy bookhouse, the writings here are categorized by the nationality of their publications; which may help you push into indulgent bibliographic conversations with the store’s friendly staff.
Curations: Novels, tomes, and independently published fashion magazines
Address: 52 Prince Street
Hours: Monday-Saturday 10am - 10pm, Sunday 10 AM - 9 PM
There are countless other wonderful bookstores in Gotham, some of which are - Dashwood Books on Bond Street, Argosy Book Store in Midtown, Greenlight Bookstore at Fulton Street, Book Court in Brooklyn, Rizzoli Bookstore at Broadway, and last but not the least, Word Bookstore in Brooklyn.
So, what are you waiting for then? Get up and moving! Explore the intricate bookstores which the city of New York has collected for you. Moreover, when you are done with books, you can roam New York the traditional way by visiting the 7 must-see New York destinations .
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