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Opened in 1927, and still run by the same family, this monstrous book emporium—home to 2 million volumes and "18 Miles of Books"—is a symbol of a bygone era, a mecca for serious bibliophiles, and a local institution. The store has survived the Great Depression, World War II, competition from Barnes & Noble, and the tremendous shift in how readers are consuming literature. The stock includes both new and secondhand books, plus thousands of collector's items. A separate rare-book room is on the third floor and closes at 6:20 daily. The basement has discounted, barely touched reviewers' copies of new books, organized by author. If you're looking for souvenirs, visit the New York section of the bookstore; you'll find New York–centric literature, poetry, history, photography, and cookbooks, as well as T-shirts, gadgets, and totes.

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  • Address: 828 Broadway, at E. 12th St., Union Square, New York, NY, 10003 | Map It
  • Phone: 212/473–1452
  • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 9:30 am–10:30 pm, Sun. 11–10:30
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  • Subway: L, N, Q, R, 4, 5, 6 to Union Sq./14th St
  • Location: Union Square
Updated: 02-26-2014

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    18 miles of books to get lost in...

    This is one of my favorite bookstores to get lost in. There are some remainders, but it's mainly new books at half-price, and lots of cheaper's best if you go just to see what you find instead of looking for something in particular. I've scored some great art books cheap here... BTW, I think the Fulton branch is closing.

    by dutchsneaker1, 7/29/08

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