2.  Brazenhead Books


A salon, in the true sense of the word, Brazenhead Books lost its lease this year, before many New Yorkers even knew where they were. Its location was a closely guarded secret in a rent-stabilized apartment that owner Michael Seidenberg occupied since 1977. Opening the shop in 2008, he entertained readers three nights a week or by appointment. His gatherings were a congenial mix of book-lovers, books and booze, with an air of recreating the bookshops of old New York in the 70s, and before. Seidenberg says he will do it again. Secret or not, we look forward to his new location.