7. The Strand once had a branch in the Financial District

The now closed Fulton Street annex. Image via Wikimedia CommonsPostdlf

Back in the 1980s, the Strand launched a branch in the South Street Seaport area on Front Street. This branch, the “Strand Bookstore annex,” was like the Strand on Broadway and heavily sold used books. But in 1996, it moved from the South Street Seaport area to the Financial District on Fulton and Gold streets. Unlike the Strand today, which is consistently crowded, this branch was a popular spot to visit during lunch breaks and after work. Falling victim to rising rents, the branch closed in September 2008.