New York City's 20 Best Independently Owned Bookstores, Mapped

New York City's 20 Best Independently Owned Bookstores, Mapped

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Check out the 20 stores we've highlighted here, and plan on making some room on the bookshelf before checking them out in person.

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    Until the Williamsburg outpost opens up alongside Aesop, Steven Alan Home, and Blue Bottle Coffee, head to the original Nolita spot for two floors of books, fashion magazines, a Stumptown brew, or one of their many author readings and signings. [Photo: Brian Harkin]
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    The family-owned shop that's survived in midtown for 90 years fills six whole floors of antiquarian and out-of-print titles with a focus on Americana, maps and photographs, and the history of science and medicine. Get a warm-up before heading inside by checking out the $3 anthology section in its recessed outdoor entryway. [Photo]
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    Park Slope’s Community Bookstore, which opened in 1971, holds the honor of being Brooklyn’s oldest bookseller. Its dark wooden shelves, stained glass windows, and reading garden (complete with turtle pond) lend the space a cozy vibe, and staff members are quick to offer recommendations. [Photo]
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    The Strand is so deeply woven into the fabric of New York that it routinely makes our list of the city's essential stores. Among their signature "18 miles of books?" New arrivals, signed first editions, classics, kids books, cookbooks, rare titles, art books...you get the idea. [Photo: Driely S.]
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    If you think you're well-read, you haven't met the West Village staff of this store that was once referred to as a "pocket of civility." Come here to pick their brains (and their books) if you believe "Kindle" is a four-letter word. [Photo]
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    You don't need to have a single-digit age to be left wide-eyed by this store—lots of the books available here, which include old and rare titles among them, are suitable for both the young and the young at heart. [Photo]
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    The family-owned New York City mini-chain has snagged some high-profile spots in Manhattan—aside from this location, they also have a large Chelsea Market shop and a forthcoming Brookfield Place store. They supplement new and bestselling titles in fiction and nonfiction with a hearty kids' section, NYC-centric titles, and greeting cards. [Photo]
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    After a tumultuous 2014, St. Mark's Bookshop has landed in its new home that's a bit southeast from its namesake street. The owners took advantage of every square inch of its smaller digs, covering the walls in shelving to bring customers the great selection they've come to expect from the 38-year-old store. [Photos]
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    located just a few blocks off of Atlantic Avenue in Cobble Hill—boasts a comprehensive selection of books about New York City, as well as a stocked children’s section. Make sure to check out their events calendar—the shop often hosts readings by literary stars like Martin Amis and Renata Adler. [Photo]
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    New York's home for rare and out-of-print cookbooks moved to the East Village earlier this year thanks to a family's generous donation, and its new home boasts more shelf space and a cute backyard. [Photo]
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