10 New York Bookshops You Will Love

10 New York Bookshops You Will Love

 

American literature boasts authors such as Salinger, Kerouac, and Fitzgerald, as well as many more talented writers and poets. However, these book shops below aren't only dedicated to the American novel, in fact the more obscure the focus the better. Foreign language books, cookbooks, travel books, and a store devoted exclusively to artists' publications from the 1970s, to name a few. Whatever you're looking for, it's fair to say that New York does its best to help you in your search! Here are a few to get you started. 

 

  1. WORD

    WORD is a neighborhood bookstore that will remind you why print publishing will never slip into obscurity, even as we live on the front lines of technology. Owner Christine Onorati has worked with books for her entire life, first…

    126 Franklin Street, 11222 Brooklyn

  2. Rizzoli

    Rizzoli has finally arrived on Broadway. The New York institution shuttered its famed 57th Street location only to reinvent and reopen in a historic building in Manhattan's NoMad neighborhood. Since its establishment in 1964, the…

    1133 Broadway, 10010 New York

  3. Idlewild Books

    Idlewild specializes in travel guides and foreign-language books. Since opening in 2008, David Del Vecchio, a former United Nations press officer, has been stocking his charming Flatiron district bookstore with literature…

    170 7th Ave South, 10014 New York

  4. Brooklyn Kitchen

    In 2006, Taylor Erkkinen and her husband, Harry Rosenblum, had a whole bunch of ripe grapes in their backyard, but no jars or pectin to make jam with. After having to leave Brooklyn to get supplies, they decided to fill a need in…

    100 Frost Street, 11211 Brooklyn

  5. Brooklyn Art Library

    Steve Peterman co-founded Atlanta’s ArtHouseCo-op in 2005 as a gallery devoted entirely to sketchbooks. When AHC outgrew that space they re-established in Brooklyn, creating a permanent home for what would become a traveling…

    28 Frost Street, 11211 Brooklyn

  6. Printed Matter

    This bookstore is one of the last bastions of New York City’s great and gritty 1970s art world. Founded in 1976 by artists Sol LeWitt and Ed Ruscha, Printed Matter is the world’s largest nonprofit organization devoted exclusively…

    231 11th Ave, 10001 New York

  7. Drama Book Shop

    It’s safe to say that there is no other bookstore in New York City that does what Drama Bookshop does. Privately owned since its inception as a street stand in 1917, Drama Bookshop now stocks one of the largest collections of…

    250 West 40th , 10018 New York

  8. Strand

    The lone survivor of Booksellers Row, the Strand remains a king among independent booksellers. From the outside, the bright red awning proudly announces “18 Miles of Books,” which at first glance might seem like hyperbole until…

    828 Broadway, 10003 New York

  9. Powerhouse Arena

    Powerhouse Books, a publishing company that specializes in art and culture, brings you Powerhouse Arena, a boutique book shop and exhibition space. Perched on the East River in Brooklyn’s Dumbo neighborhood, Arena holds myriad…

    28 Adams St, 11201 Brooklyn

  10. P.S. Bookshop

    High city rent prices often make independent used bookstores a rarity, but the payoff comes with the wide variety of eclectic and rare texts they can offer, said P.S. Book Shop owner Yuval Gans. “New York is a very good place for…

    76 Front Street, 11201 Brooklyn