Barnes & Noble may be history, but don't feel any more confident about the future of New York's independent bookstores. There aren't that many left, and they need your support.
What some people consider the best independent bookstore in the city features an incredible collection of experimental fiction, amazing art books, magazines no one has ever heard of -- and a landlord that might kick them out any day.
The biggest, best bookstore in America, is certainly The Strand, which boasts 18 miles of books, most of which are used and / or out of print. There is a whole floor of art books, another of first editions...if you are into books, and you die, you go to The Strand.
Tiny, eclectic, and countercultural by anybody's definition, this bookstore is a true institution of the East Village, which will never be the same when it goes. Somehow it keeps going, though.
A beautiful, big, carefully curated bookstore devoted entirely childrens books, Books of Wonder has been a must-visit for every Manhattan parent since the day it opened its doors.
If you are having a romantic, cinematic day in the West Village, this fine independent bookstore will provide a magical backdrop.
While it does indeed have a great selection of biographies, there's more to this classic store than just that. This is a great, idiosyncratic New York bookstore, the kind the city used to have more of.
If you've ever seen a movie where the hero ventures in a strange, dusty bookstore to meet a mysterious old coot who can answer his questions, you've seen this classic, one of the last old, weird bookstores on the Upper West Side.
A fabulous bookstore specializing in academic texts for Columbia students, this lovely Harlem bookstore also carries a great selection of trade titles too.
Want a cookbook? Plan on spending three hours at this culinary Mecca, which has the largest collection of cookbooks and food writing in America..
Of all New York's independent bookstores, none are so attuned to the radical-left politics of the city's surviving leftists as this Lower East Side haven.
One of New York's biggest and most successful independent bookstores features two floors of great books, a developed e-publishing program, and many great author talks -- plus a huge magazine selection and coffee! Plan on spending the day.
The best bookstore in the Bronx deserves special credit for staying open all these years, and for providing a great selection of books to a neighborhood that tends to be ill-served in that department.
This wonderful neighborhood bookstore, one of the Brooklyn, has a great selection and friendly service -- and an especially wide collection of books about old New York.