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  • 1. Books of Wonder

    Chelsea | Books/Stationery

    Readers young and old delight in Manhattan's oldest and largest independent children's bookstore. The friendly, knowledgeable staff can help...Read More

  • 2. Greenlight Bookstore

    Fort Greene | Books/Stationery

    If you build it, they will read. Popular demand—and some vocal attendees of a 2008 community board meeting—augured the opening of this independent...Read More

  • 3. Housing Works Bookstore Cafe

    SoHo | Books/Stationery

    Operated by a nonprofit that puts all proceeds toward combating AIDS and homelessness, this New York institution has an impressive collection...Read More

  • 4. Smythson of Bond Street

    Upper East Side | Books/Stationery

    Although Smythson still sells stationery fit for a queen—check out the royal warrant from England's HRH—it is also a place to scoop up on-trend...Read More

  • 5. Strand

    Union Square | Books/Stationery

    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...Read More

  • 6. Terrace Books


    The quintessential neighborhood bookstore, this small shop has extremely friendly staff as well as a small but well-chosen selection of secondhand...Read More

  • 7. Three Lives & Company

    West Village | Books/Stationery

    One of the city's best book selections is displayed on the tables and counters of this bookshop, which highlights the latest literary fiction...Read More

  • 8. Argosy Bookstore

    Midtown East | Books/Stationery

    Family-owned since 1925, Argosy is a charmingly old-fashioned place to browse for both bargain and priceless books. The shop keeps a scholarly...Read More

  • 9. Barnes & Noble

    Park Slope | Books/Stationery

    Two floors of books, a vast and varied selection of magazines, and an extensive collection of travel information for New York City and beyond...Read More

  • 10. Berl's Brooklyn Poetry Shop

    DUMBO | Books/Stationery

    The only New York City bookstore dedicated exclusively to poetry, Berl's is a family-run affair. The husband-and-wife owners are alumni of the...Read More

  • 11. BookMark Shoppe


    The selection of books and knitting materials at this homey neighborhood shop makes it the perfect stop for the craft-loving reader, the book...Read More

  • 12. Community Bookstore

    Park Slope | Books/Stationery

    In a neighborhood known for its large population of authors, editors, and bloggers, it’s fitting to have a bookstore where pride of place goes...Read More

  • 13. Desert Island Comics


    The sign above the storefront says Sparacino’s bakery, but the shop is actually home to a comic book utopia. Desert Island packs all kinds of...Read More

  • 14. Here's a Book Store


    On the southern edge of Midwood, this independent bookstore has stood its ground for more than 40 years. Packed with used and new books from...Read More

  • 15. Idlewild Books

    West Village | Books/Stationery

    Named for the pre-1960s JFK Airport, this travel-inspired bookstore is one of the last of its kind in America. It stocks guidebooks, novels...Read More

  • 16. Posman Books

    Chelsea | Books/Stationery

    Come here for the outstanding selection of contemporary and classic books across genres. Don't miss the cheeky and serious high-quality greeting...Read More

  • 17. powerHouse Arena

    DUMBO | Books/Stationery

    Edgy art-book publisher powerHouse is a vision in concrete and steel at this bright showroom that sells illustrated titles, children's books...Read More

  • 18. Spoonbill & Sugartown Booksellers


    Top-notch art and design monographs as well as harder-to-find magazines like Edible Brooklyn, Bomb, and Monocle share shelf space with used...Read More

  • 19. Unnameable Books

    Prospect Heights | Books/Stationery

    This tiny, beloved bookstore is jam-packed with poetry, fiction, art books, comics, and all sorts of esoteric titles....Read More

  • 20. Westsider Books & Westsider Records

    Upper West Side | Books/Stationery

    This wonderfully crammed space is a lifesaver on the Upper West Side. Squeeze in among the stacks of art books and fiction, or pop outside for...Read More

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