NYC is the epitome of many great places! From restaurants to shops to wonderful bookstores. I have lived here all my life, but I haven’t been able to visit every bookstore yet and the best thing is there is always a new one opening. This year I was able to visit some of the following. From my all-time favorite to new hidden gems.
Union Square, Manhattan
One of the first bookstores that I visited in the beginning of 2019 was Strand Bookstore. It is located in Union Square in Manhattan and its one of my favorite bookstores to visit when I am in the area. I’ve been coming here for many years and enjoy walking around the 3 floors and 18 miles of new, used and rare books.
Another bookstore that I was able to explore and have been wanting to go to is 192 Books. This small bookstore is located in the Chelsea area of New York City where the art galleries are located. There is a variety of genres to explore from literary fiction to art and photography including history, film and more.
Meatpacking District, Manhattan
I stumbled into this bookstore while I was visiting the Chelsea Market in the Chelsea neighborhood. Posman Books offer a great selection of books, especially cookbooks. They also have creative supplies like stationary, home, puzzles and toys for kids. A very cute store that should not be missed.
Park Slope, Brooklyn
I rarely venture into Brooklyn, but was able to visit Community Bookstore while I was meeting up with a friend. This is another great local bookstore which has a variation of selections along with book events hosted by them. They also have a residential cat who roams the place!
West Village, Manhattan
Idlewild Bookstore is one of my favorite places to visit because it is a travel bookstore. The way that it is organized is by countries and in between the travel guides are books/authors that are from that country. Another great thing about this bookstore is that they offer language classes. I have not taken any classes, but a friend of mine did and enjoyed it very much. Idlewild also have another location in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn.
McNally Jackson Bookstore
Financial District (Seaport), Manhattan
One of the best things that happened in the Financial District is McNally Jackson Bookstore opening up near my job. I was so happy to hear that a bookstore has opened in the area. It is 2 floors of book wonders along with many cozy seats and a cafe. I love spending my lunch time here when I can and browsing the store. My job has a book club and its now easy to go and purchase a book, usually I have to go out of my way to find a place.
Books Are Magic
Cobble Hill, Brooklyn
Books Are Magic is such a fun store! They have a great selection of pretty much everything and great section for the kids to sit and read. One of my favorite things is the book events that have been hosted here. I have attended a few and they’re always interactive and great. If you ever visit, must take a picture in front of the instagram-worthy mural. One more cool fact is that this store is owned by the author Emma Straub and her husband.
Spoonbill & Sugartown Books
I have visited Spoonbill & Sugartown a couple of times that I have ventured into Williamsburg. They offer new and second-hand books and have a great variety of genres as well. The store is sort of quirky, but great. You can also sell your books here too!
Book Thug Nation
Book Thug Nation is a second-hand bookstore with bookcases stacked with so many different books! It’s a small store, but you can spend time exploring the shelves and finding interesting books.
Long Island City, Queens
Book Culture was my local bookstore when I lived in Washington Heights (they have 2 stores in Morningside Heights). Now, that I live in Queens I was able to visit the location in LIC. I love the aesthetic of the store and the different things they sell apart from books just like the other stores. One of the cool things about the store is the window on the ceiling and light that comes through.
Kew & Willow Bookstore
Kew Gardens, Queens
Kew & Willow Bookstore is very special to me! It is my local bookstore and one of the best. It is close to where I live and I don’t have to venture too far to buy a book. I love the coziness of the store, the selection and the owners of the store. Since this is a local bookstore in a small and tight community, they make sure to get to know their customers and are always welcoming!