New York's Independent Bookshops

NYC Book Stores

New York's Independent Bookshops

April 16, 2015

There was a time when large and small bookstores were dotted all over the city and palaces like Scribner’s on Fifth Avenue drew hordes of booklovers. With the arrival of e-readers and Amazon, peoples’ reading and shopping habits have changed drastically over the past decade---but that doesn’t mean the neighborhood bookshop has disappeared. Far from it, in fact, and here are a few spots from Michelangelo Hotel that are not just surviving, but thriving:

McNally Jackson

A bright, sprawling shop which manages to cram in thousands of titles plus a cafe and still remain a browser's paradise. A bright, sprawling shop which manages to cram in thousands of titles plus a café and still remain a browser’s paradise.
52 Prince Street, near Mulberry Street, NoLIta

Three Lives

This is everything you could hope for from a Greenwich Village bookshop with a knowledgeable staff and a carefully chosen stock ranging from new authors to a fantastic selection of New York guidebooks—the perfect place to find the book you didn’t realize you wanted to read.
154 W. 10th Street at Waverly Place, Greenwich Village

Greenlight Bookstore

On the way to the wonderful Saturday Brooklyn Flea, this is a local gem, featuring bestsellers, a good children’s section with Saturday morning storytellers, and lots of Brooklyn-centric offerings.
686 Fulton Street at South Portland Street, Fort Green

Rizzoli Bookstore

Further proof that bookshops are not a thing of the past: the well loved Rizzoli is coming back! Before closing its doors last year the store was a landmark on W. 57th St. selling a wide variety of international publications, bestsellers, and art books. Look for it to re-open later this Spring at 1133 Broadway, just a few blocks north of Eataly.


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