What's your favorite bookstore in NYC?
August 26, 2008 7:59 AM   Subscribe

I have the week off and want to visit some great bookstores I haven't been to before. What are your favorites in Manhattan and why? Thanks.
posted by captainscared to Shopping (18 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
Um.. where have you been before?
posted by spec80 at 8:08 AM on August 26, 2008

Obvious answer, but you've probably been there before:
The Strand
posted by Grither at 8:11 AM on August 26, 2008

Response by poster: Sorry, I don't mind going somewhere I've been. I'm more interested in your favorites.
posted by captainscared at 8:12 AM on August 26, 2008

jonmc works at The Strand - so that's another reason to go there.

I like the St. Marks Bookshop on 31 3rd Ave
posted by spec80 at 8:39 AM on August 26, 2008

Unoppressive Non-Imperialist Bargain Books

Small store, carrying publisher's overstock, usually deeply discounted. I just got the entire run of Bone in a single "brick" edition that normally runs 40 dollars for about 15 bucks. You never know what you'll find there, but you can be sure it will be cheap.
posted by JaredSeth at 9:00 AM on August 26, 2008


Check out Book Culture (formerly Labyrinth).
posted by mattbucher at 9:25 AM on August 26, 2008

Shakespeare & Co. is also a lovely bookstore, not far from Washington Square. I'm also fond of Spoonbill & Sugartown in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
posted by SansPoint at 10:18 AM on August 26, 2008

My area is children's books, and so I recommend:
Books of Wonder and
Bank Street Books
posted by lampoil at 11:03 AM on August 26, 2008

If you like architecture: Urban Center Books
posted by yeti at 11:12 AM on August 26, 2008

Zakka USED to be in the soho/chinatown area but its since moved to Dumbo. Since its THE place to go for design books, i don't have a choice but to trek over there once in a while. Its a fantastic reference spot for designers and art directors and just plain fun for non professionals. Toys from Japan, T-Shirts and lots and lots of really great books.
posted by modernsquid at 11:44 AM on August 26, 2008

No one has mentioned Bluestockings yet...

It's feminist/radical, has a bunch of zines.

I like St. Mark's, too.
posted by toomuchkatherine at 11:58 AM on August 26, 2008

i third st mark's bookstore, possibly the best curated bookstore in the city, and second zakka, which is amazing and well worth the trek, but very dangerous to the wallet.
posted by lia at 12:24 PM on August 26, 2008

Seconding Strand, St. Marks, Bluestockings, and Unoppressive Non-Imperialist Bargain Books.
posted by history is a weapon at 1:23 PM on August 26, 2008

I like McNally Robinson
posted by rmless at 1:31 PM on August 26, 2008

The Strand Annex is closing (I'm shocked too), so everything there is supposed to be on huge sale through its last day, August 31.
posted by booksandlibretti at 10:11 PM on August 26, 2008

Spoonbills and Sugartown on Bedford has a great selection of art books and other fun eclectic stuff. As well as thirding The Strand, Book Culture, and St. Marks. Also, 12th Street Books for used and rare stuff, but I hear that it is moving to Brooklyn soon. Good luck!
posted by amileighs at 4:41 PM on August 27, 2008

I find St. Marks is best for poetry, Shakespeare for midlist paperbacks, Strand for midlist hardbacks, Drama Bookstore for playscripts and screenplays. I used to go to Coliseum(RIP) for genre fiction and comic strip collections, but now I go to McNally Jackson (note name change).
posted by brujita at 8:28 PM on August 27, 2008

If you're at all interested in Japan, I suggest Kinokuniya near Bryant Park. Prices aren't cheap but there's a great selection of books related to Japan.

Also nthing Strand.
posted by TravellingCari at 12:18 PM on September 15, 2008

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