Fodor's Expert Review Strand
Opened in 1927 and still run by the same family, this monstrous book emporium—home to 2 million volumes, or "18 Miles of Books"—is a symbol of a bygone era, a mecca for serious bibliophiles, and a local institution. The stock includes new and secondhand books, plus thousands of collector's items and merchandise. A separate rare-book room is on the third floor (it closes at 6:15 daily). The basement has discounted, barely touched review copies of new books, organized by author. If you're looking for souvenirs, visit the New York section of the bookstore for New York–centric literature as well as T-shirts and totes. Check the Strand's events calendar for readings.