New York's bookstores may be disappearing, but the ones left are gems.
This East Village bookstore has evaded the gods of bookstore destruction thus far by providing liberal and radical literature and magazines to a loyal clientele. From liberal women's magazines to Marxist literature to pop cultural commentary to literature and more mainstream affairs, St. Marks Bookshop covers the East Village bases well.
Fun and conveniently-located shop gets comics on release days and has a wide selection of classics, toys and graphic novels.
This welcome haven from 57th Street's hustle is more a home than a store. Carpets quiet footsteps and beautiful dark wood bookshelves hold intimate histories of artists, fashion designers and famous New York characters.
Challenging, avant-garde, artistic -- powerHouse has been publishing and selling books since Dumbo was on the cultural map. Great book events and a big airy space to browse graffiti, monographs, design and urban studies.
One of Brooklyn's best bookstores, indie spot WORD's small basement hosts author readings, humorous talks by OED editors and networking events for writers. The food, fiction and children's sections are small but well-curated. Don't hesitate to ask -- the smart, young staff will always offer great recommendations. And join the Frequent Reader program for book discounts.
Desert Island is keen on local artists -- for store decorations, comic books, and readings.
Two levels of art, cooking, fiction, manga and Japanese pop culture are wonderful enough in cool-starved midtown, but an upstairs cafe with tea and donburi is even lovelier on a rainy day.