34 of NYC’s Best Independent Specialty Bookstores

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With International Buy-a-Book Day on September 7, and International Literacy Day on September 8, it was high time we re-visited our recommendations for best bookstores in New York City. What’s exciting about book hunting in a city like New York is that specialized bookstores are still thriving, even though the heyday of Book Row on 4th Avenue may be long gone.

Here are 28 bookstores that will take you from the kitchen to a revolution, and in a few cases, to their brand new spaces, opening this fall. Each one of them is deeply immersed in its community, changing trends, and continuing the city’s long tradition of literacy and learning.

34. Bank Street Book Store


The Bank Street Bookstore began life in the lobby of Bank Street College in 1970, but quickly grew to become a neighborhood bookshop, with a sizable children’s book section. In addition, they also sell schoolbooks, hold daily story hours and puppet shows, and literary talks. You will find them at their new location, 2780 Broadway, at 107th Street.

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