Visit New York City's Bookstores
[ NEW YORK, NY - NYC - 8/23/2014 - Last update 3/22/2011 - www.Littleviews.com ]
>> New York is the publishing, intellectual, and educational capital of the United States and English-speaking world. If you like to read as well as meet others in your field, consider visiting New York just to browse its bookstores and attend readings and lectures!
And books are everywhere! Besides browsing in bookstores, you can also find books in New York's museums, zoos, botanical gardens, large historical sites, large performance centers, and even on street vendor tables. Books are also found in specialty stores, such as those that sell:
- Arts and crafts
- Camping, athletic and sports items
- Dance supplies
- Education (college and university centers)
- Foreign affairs, news, and embassies
- Gardens and plants
- Magazines (extensive reading material from around the world)
- Marine supplies
- Musical instruments and sheet music
- Pet, fish, and/or bird supplies
- Specialty items (cooking, home repair, tile, and paint shops)
Many author readings are listed on Littleviews' NY Activities Calendar.
List of New York City and Some Brooklyn Bookstores
Links were last checked on March 22, 2011.
(used, rare, out-of-print)
No longer has store in New York
(scripts, screenplays, theater, musicals, monologues, song, speech)
211 W 71st St.
(architecture, art, design, decorative arts, gardens, interiors)
993 Lexington Ave., between 72 and 71st Streets
(marine, maps, prints, history)
116 E 59th St.
Asia Society and Museum
(Oriental, books, gifts, art)
725 Park Ave.
Bank Street College Bookstore
(education, academic, children's)
610 West 112th St.
B&N carries books on all subjects. Make a point of looking at their bargain books for great deals, B&N publications, and other outstanding treasures. Depending on your needs, some locations are more spectacular than others. Many have huge magazine sections and large music shops.
Bauman Rare Books
(out-of-print and rare books)
535 Madison Ave.
Biography Book Shop
(biographies, general interest, large remainders selection)
266 Bleecker St.
(politics, gender studies, liberation movements, revolutions)
172 Allen St.
(new releases, bestsellers, mysteries, periodicals, remainders, academic, scholarly)
536 West 112th St.
Books of Wonder
16 W 18th St.
100 N. 3rd Street, Brooklyn
Currently in bankruptcy.
NYC stores closed are on Park Ave. and on 100 Broadway
As of March 2011, its remaining city stores will stay open.
Boulevard Books & Cafe
(fiction, cooking, children's)
7518 13th Ave., Brooklyn
(adult and children's books and book clubs)
339 MacDonough Street, Brooklyn
(sheet music, scores, school band/orchestra scores, classical DVDs and CDs)
65 Bleecker St.
Center for Book Arts
(fine art books, small publishers)
28 West 27th St.
(huge selection of sheet music, karaoke, Broadway CDs, musical-related DVDs - this is a large and very interesting store!)
Corner Bookstore, The
1313 Madison Ave.
Crawford Doyle Booksellers
(modern first editions, literature, signed books)
1082 Madison Ave.
(gay, lesbian, bisexual)
Dahesh Heritage Fine Books
(history, literature, Arabic, Spanish, French, German)
33 Bond St. between Lafayette and Bowery
Desert Island Books
(comic books of all types)
540 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn
Drama Book Shop
250 West 40th St.
East West Yoga
(Eastern religion, new age, self-improvement)
Info on New York Yoga
78 5th Ave.
Fashion Design Books
(fashion, sewing, art)
250 West 27th St.
(Middle Eastern, European, Russian culture, antiques)
240 E 56th St.
(science fiction, fantasy)
Frank Music Company
(classical sheet music: chamber, full scores, piano, string, woodwind, voice, and study scores)
250 West 54th St.
Fred Wilson Chess Books
80 E 11th St.
Gozlan's Sefer Israel
(Hebrew language, Jewish culture)
28 West 27th St.
(fiction, children's, coffee table
686 Fulton Street, Brooklyn
Guggenheim, Solomon R. Soho Museum
Hagstrom Map & Travel Center
(publisher, maps, travel books)
51 W 43rd St.
Housing Works Bookstore
(used, rare, classics)
126 Crosby St.
International Center of Photography Bookstore
1133 Ave of Americas
J. Levine Jewish Books and Judaica
5 W 30th St.
Jim Hanley's Universe
4 W 33rd St., New York
325 New Drop Lane, Staten Island
Hue-Man Bookstore & Cafe
2319 Fredrick Douglass Blvd.
Juilliard School Bookstore, The
(music, sheet music)
60 Lincoln Center Plaza
(Japanese, design, decorating, magazines, paper crafts, children's, gifts)
Note: Their website is mostly in Japanese.
Whether you speak Japanese or not, you'll find their shop very interesting!
1073 Avenue of the Americas, across the street from Bryant Park
Kitchen Arts & Letters
1435 Lexington Ave.
Librairie de France
(French, Spanish, languages, travel)
This store closed in September 2009
Check its website for online book sales.
(Spanish, Brazil, Portuguese, language, audio books)
560 West 180th St.
This store was closed in 2007. It was located on 221 W 14th Street
(independent college bookstore, discount books)
150 Chambers Street
(strong fiction, art, and film)
66 Avenue A
Mercer Street Books & Records
(used, architecture, design, art, photography, French literature, vinyl records)
206 Mercer Street
52 Prince St.
200 W. 40th Street (Corner of 7th Ave.)
459 Lexington Ave. (Corner of 45th Street)
Mysterious Book Shop, The
New York Public Library Gift Shop
(NYC books, current and historical maps, children's books, gifts)
5th Ave and 42nd St.
New York University Medical Center Bookstore
(medical text books, medical items)
550 First Ave. in the Medical Sciences Building
Open Air Modern
(used, rare, out-of-print)
489 Lorimer St., Brooklyn
Oriental Culture Enterprises Company
Oscar Wilde Bookstore
(gay, lesbian, bisexual)
15 Christopher St.
Partners & Crime
Grand Central Terminal on 42nd St.
Chelsea Market on 75 9th Avenue
Quest Book Shop
(Theosophy, mysticism, spiritual, new age)
240 E 53rd St.
(Marxism, revolutionary theory, plus science, novels, poetry, history, children's literature, and nightly events)
146 W. 26th St., between 6th and 7th Avenues
Richard B. Arkway
(antique maps, globes, rare books)
59 E. 54th St.
(art, design, architecture)
31 W 57th St.
Russica Bookstore and Art Gallery
174 5th Ave.
S F Vanni
30 W 12th St.
St. Marks Bookshop
(fiction, philosophy, art, literary)
31 3rd Ave.
Sam Ash: the Musical Instrument Megastore
(sheet music, musical instruments)
160 West 48th St.
Samuel French Bookstore
(Samuel French plays)
45 W 25th St.
Worldwide Headquarters at 557 Broadway
Shakespeare & Company Booksellers
(new, best sellers, college text books, music)
716 Broadway - 212-531-1330
939 Lexington Ave., between 68th and 69th Streets - 212-570-0201
137 E 23rd St. at Lexington - 212-505-2021
(new and used, art, history, fiction)
Teachers College Bookstore
Three Lives Book Store
(history, women literary)
154 W 10th St.
The Complete Traveller Antiquarian Bookstore
199 Madison Ave.
U.S. Government Bookstore
(incredible selection in fabulous location)
Room 110, Federal Building,
26 Federal Plaza
United Nations Bookshop
(world affairs, children's, educational, maps, travel, languages, gifts, world music)
United Nations General Assembly Building
E 45 St. and First Ave.
(used and new books, fiction and poetry)
600 Vanderbilt Ave., Brooklyn
(rare, reference, antique prints, art)
981 Madison Ave.
(fiction, nonfiction, children's, cards, stationery)
126 Franklin St., Brooklyn
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This New York City bookstore list was compiled by Littleviews.com.