The ultimate map of NYC's independent bookstores!

The ultimate map of NYC's independent bookstores!

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We all want to support local, and it's easy--NYC has tons of independent bookstores! Stop into these gems and find what you're looking for, from Kerouac to Tolstoy.

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    Great neighborhood bookshop with a super helpful staff
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    Great selection, helpful staff
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    Book Court's ambiance leaves nothing to be desired. It's a total hangout spot. Sit on the sofa and browse through titles as you're waiting for Poetry Night to start. If we could, we'd live here.
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    This bookstore is a NYC staple. Mercer St's piles of books have you getting physical, combing through stacks for that one perfect find. The record collection is a blast from the past. Definitely worth a stop!
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    McNally Jackson is the SOHO fashionista's bookstore. Their huge magazine selection is sure to please, and their spacious environment includes a darling cafe. The perfect place to spend a Sunday afternoon.
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    Fan of comic books? Half of this tiny bookstore is dedicated to comics and graphic novels. The other half is home to film, history, beat literature, and feminist/activist classics.
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    This Greenpoint bookstore hosts open mics, readings, and workshops for aspiring writers. Its quirky atmosphere makes you never want to leave. Keep an eye on their event schedule--they often host well-known authors!
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    Books of Wonder is the perfect bookstore to take your little ones. Their children's books are varied, they have a huge selection, and the staff is super helpful.
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    East Village Books is kind of like a throwback to the 60s. If you're looking for beat literature or anything by Tom Robbins, you've come to the right place. The used books are cheap and out of print editions are common finds.
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    The go-to store for all feminist and radical literature, Bluestockings is a hubbub of activity, from talks and readings, to jams and open mics.
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    This Park Slope bookstore has a special feature to it--their glorious, happy dog. Move toward the back bookshelves for another treat--their fluffy cat who welcomes your nuzzles. Genius marketing strategy.
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    Ah, the Strand--NYC's most famous independent bookstore, and for good reason. Start outside with the $1-3 books, then get lost in the employee's picks. Don't forget to venture downstairs to beat the crowds!
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