Bookstores in New York

A guide to the best independent
New York bookstores

Albany

The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza - 1475 Western Ave. - (518) 489-4761

Flights of Fantasy - 381 Sand Creek Rd. - (518) 435-9337 - Specialty: Science Fiction/Fantasy/Gaming

Astoria

Astoria Bookshop - 31-29 31st St. - (718) 278-2665

Enigma Bookstore - 33-17 Crescent St. - 718-274-BOOK - Science Fiction, Fantasy - CLOSING June 2014

Auburn

Downtown Books & Coffee - 66 Genesee St. - (315) 515-3411

Binghamton

RiverRead - 5 Court St. - (607) 217-7292

Brockport

Lift Bridge Book Shop - Brockport NYLift Bridge Book Shop

45 Main St.
Phone: (585) 637-2260
Type: Primarily new books with used books
Specialty: General Interest, Children's, Literary, Regional, Science Fiction/Fantasy
Sidelines: Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers, Toys/Games
Events: Author Signings, Readings
Find us: Facebook

Lift Bridge Book Shop, located in Brockport, NY the "Victorian Village on the Erie Canal" is the only full service independent bookstore between Rochester and Buffalo, NY. We serve the greater local community and SUNY Brockport with textbooks, art and office supplies and two floors of books and innovative toys.

Bronxville

Womrath Bookshop - 76 Pondfield Rd. - (914) 337-0199

Brooklyn

BookThugNation

100 N. 3rd St.
Type: Primarily used books with new books
Specialty: Literary
Sidelines: Artwork, Curiosities, Gifts, Magazines/Newspapers
Events: Author Signings, Readings

bookthugnation is a used bookstore and community space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. We carry a wide selection of quality used books at low prices. Our focus is in Literary Fiction (boasting one of the best used fiction sections in NYC!), Film and Philosophy. We hold regular events and gatherings, including, but not limited to, author readings, movie screenings, lectures, neighborhood meetings, and kids nights. BTN believes that independent bookstores are an essential part of a healthy, creative New York City. We strive to be an active community space that fosters the literary arts in Brooklyn while being a welcoming place where anyone can walk in, have a cup of coffee and talk about books.

BookCourt - 163 Court St. - (718) 875-3677

The BookMark Shoppe - 8415 3rd Ave. - (718) 833-5115

Boulevard Books & Cafe - 7518 13th Ave. - (718) 680-5881

Community Bookstore - 143 Seventh Ave. - (718) 783-3075

Greenlight Bookstore - 686 Fulton St. - (718) 246-0200

Freebird Books & Goods - 123 Columbia Ave. - (718) 643-8484

Here's a Book Store - Brooklyn NYHere's A Book Store

1964 Coney Island Ave.
Phone: (718) 645-6675
Type: Primarily used books with new books
Specalty: Children's, Literary, Metaphysical/New Age

Elected by the readers of the Daily News as the best independent book store in New York City, November 2011.

Honey & Wax Booksellers - 540 President St. 3rd Fl. - (917) 974-2420 Used books

Hullabaloo Books - 711a Franklin Ave. - (917) 499-3244

Human Relations

1067 Flushing Ave.
Type: Primarily used books with new books
Specialty: General Interest, Alternative/Political, Art, Literary
Sidelines: Artwork, Curiosities, Gifts, Magazines/Newspapers
Events: Author Signings, Readings

Human Relations is a used bookstore in Bushwick located at 1067 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn, New York; between Vandervoort Place and Kickerbocker Ave. Human Relations are difficult, especially for book people. Nevertheless, we are bringing you the best quality used Fiction, Philosophy, Film, Foreign Language, Pulpy Noir, History, Art, Science, Food, Drama, and pretty much everything else. (In order to make human relations even harder.)

powerHouse Arena

37 Main St.
Phone: (718) 666-3049
Type: New books
Specialty: General Interest, Alternative/Political, Art, Children's, Feminist, GLBT, Literary, Regional
Sidelines: Artwork, Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
Events: Author Signings, Readings, Art & Photography Exhibitions
Find us: Facebook // Twitter // Blog

Home to world-renowned art book publisher powerHouse Books, the Arena is a gallery, boutique, book store, performance, and events space located at 37 Main Street, in New York City’s scenic DUMBO neighborhood. With soaring 24- foot ceilings on the 5,000 square foot ground floor The powerHouse Arena showcases a series of landmark exhibitions, performances, and controlled mayhem fusing the worlds of art, photography, design, fashion, pop culture, advertising, music, dance, film, and television into a glorious whirlwind of captivating spectacle.

powerHouse on 8th

1111 8th Ave
Phone: (718) 801-8375
Type: New books
Specialty: General Interest, Alternative/Political, Art, Children's, Literary
Sidelines: Artwork, Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
Events: Author Signings, Readings
Find us: Facebook // Twitter

powerHouse on 8th is a brand new bookstore, reading club, mini-gallery, and community space bringing South Slope the best in fiction, non-fiction, kids, YA, novelty, cooking, decorating, stationery, and more, all from the curatorial minds hived at Dumbo’s famed powerHouse Arena. Read our reviews, join our Middle Grade Reading Club, and stop in for Sunday morning readings with children’s book authors. See you on the block!

P.S. Bookshop - 76 Front St - (718) 222-3340 - Used, Rare, Out-of-Print books

Shakespeare & Co. Booksellers - 150 Campus Rd. - (718) 434-5326

Singularity & Co. - 18 Bridge St. 1G - (347) 460-7724 Specialty: SciFi/Fantasy

Spoonbill & Sugartown, Booksellers

218 Bedford Ave.
Phone: (718) 387-7322
Type: Primarily new books with used books
Specialty: General Interest, Art, Literary, Architecture & Design
Sidelines: Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers

Since 1999, Spoonbill has offered an always changing combination of new books in the Arts & Letters as well as, serendipitously, whatever unusual books come in though libraries and small collections that we obtain. Open 7 days a week on the main drag in sunny Williamsburg.

Terrace Books - 242 Prospect Park W. - (718) 788-3475 - Used books

Unnameable Books - 600 Vanderbilt Ave. (@St. Marks) - (718) 789-1534 - Used, New books

WORD - 126 Franklin St. - (718) 383-0096

Buffalo

Dog Ears Bookstore & Literary Arts Center - 688 Abbott Rd. - (716) 823-2665

Talking Leaves Books - 3158 Main St. - (716) 837-8554

Talking Leaves Elmwood - 951 Elmwood Ave. - (716) 884-9524

Cambridge

Battenkill Books Cambridge NYBattenkill Books

15 E. Main St.
Phone: (518) 677-2515
Type: New books
Sidelines: Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers, Toys/Games
Specialty: General Interest, Children's, Regional
Events: Book clubs, poetry night, knitting night, summer story hour
Find us: Facebook // Twitter

Part of the community for 25 years (under a few different names), Battenkill Books is a local, independent bookstore selling general interest, new books in the Battenkill Valley. The store offers a broad range of books from current bestsellers to the classics, and from history and romance to gardening and cooking, and more. We have a large selection of books on local history and the surrounding area. Battenkill Books also carries maps, gifts, cards, and an eclectic selection of magazines.

Cedarhurst

Blue Door Books - 501A Central Ave. - (516) 837-0040

Chatham

Chatham Bookstore - 27 Main St. - (518) 392-3005

Chestnut Ridge

Cuppa Pulp Booksellers Chestnut Ridge NYCuppa Pulp Booksellers

817 Chestnut Ridge Rd.
Phone: (856) 290-1572
New - Specialty: Alternative/Political, Children's, Literary, Metaphysical/New Age, Parenting Resources
Sidelines: Greeting Cards/Postcards, Gifts, Toys/Games
Find Us: Facebook

Meadowlark Toys/Cuppa Pulp Booksellers is owned and managed by a collective of families at Green Meadow Waldorf School. We strive to meet the needs of our customers for carefully sourced, natural toys, children's books, craft supplies, and gifts; foundational and innovative anthroposophical research, commentary, and literature; and for trade fiction and nonfiction that both challenges and entertains.

Clarence

Monkey See, Monkey Do Children's Bookstore - Clarence NYMonkey See, Monkey Do...Children's Bookstore

9060 Main St
Phone: (716) 204-8417
Type: New books
Specialty: Children's, Educational
Sidelines: Gits, Toys/Games
Events: Author Signings, Readings, Summer Camps, Creative Literacy Classes
Find us: Facebook // Twitter

Since opening our doors in June 2009, we have single-mindedly created a place where infants through adults discover and rediscover the joy of reading. Our tagline, "the little bookstore with big ideas" is our guiding light! Monkey See, Monkey Do...Children's Bookstore has become a place where grandparents, parents, and children come to experience a homey atmosphere and discover a new read, enjoy a special program, and meet booksellers who are committed to helping them find the book, program, or party destination that meets their needs. For us, our bookstore demonstrates how "many hands make light work." Our community supports us and we return their trust by bringing our time, energy, and talent to ensure that WNY continues to enjoy an independent bookstore that offers more than just BOOKS!

Dryden

A Book Barn of Fingers Lakes - Dryden NYA Book Barn of Finger Lakes

198 North Rd
Phone: (607) 844-9365
Type: Primarily used books with new books
Specialty: General Interest, Art, Literary, Mystery, Science Fiction/Fantasy

365.4 Categories of used, rare, and scholarly books in three nineteenth century barns. Received the Reward of Merit Restoration by Historic Ithaca and Tompkins County. Difficult to find! Located at Lacey's Corners which is directly opposite the traffic light to Tompkin-Cortland Community College. Parking lot not accessible from NY Route 13.   

East Hampton

BookHampton - 41 Main St. - (631) 324-4939

Geneva

The College Store - 51 Saint Clair St. - (315) 781-3449 - General books

Hamilton

Colgate Bookstore - 3 Utica St. - (877) 362-7666 - General books

Hastings-on-Hudson

Galapagos Books - 22A Main St. - (914) 478-2501

Hobart

Hobart International Bookport - 615 Main St. - (607) 538-3010 - New & Used books - Specialty: Internatial Literature/Foreign Language

Hudson

The Spotty Dog Books & Ale - 440 Warren St. - (518) 671-6006

Hunter

Village Square Bookstore - 7950 Main St., Rte. 23A - (518) 263-2050

Huntington

Book Revue - 313 New York Ave. - (631) 271-1442

Ithaca

Autumn Leaves Used Books - 115 the Commons - (607) 273-8239 - Used, Rare books - Specialty: Alternative

The Bookery - Dewitt Mall, 215 N. Cayuga St. - (607) 273-5055 - Used, Rare books

The Cornell Store - 135 Ho Plaza - (607) 255-2933 - General books

Johnstown

Mysteries on Main Street - 144 W. Main St. - (518) 736-2665

Katonah

Little Joe' Books - 25 Katonah Ave. - (914) 232-7278

Kinderhook

Blackwood & Brouwer Booksellers - 7 Hudson St. - (518) 758-1232 - Specialty: Regional

Lake Placid

The Bookstore Plus - 2491 Main St. - (518) 523-2950

Larchmont

Anderson's Book Shop - 96 Chatsworth Ave. #A - (914) 834-6900

The Voracious Reader - 1997 Palmer Ave. - (914) 630-4581 - Children's/YA books

Locust Valley

Forest Books - 182 Birch Hill Rd. - (516) 759-1489

Manhattan

The Strand Central Park Kiosk - E. 60th St. & 5th Ave.

Massena

Dolly's Books & Internet Cafe - 18 Romeo Ave. - (315) 705-4692

Millbrook

Merritt Bookstore - Millbrook NYMerritt Bookstore

57 Front St.
Phone: (845) 677-5857
Type: New books
Specialty: General Interest, Children's, Literary, Mystery, Regional
Sidelines: Artwork, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
Events: Author Signings, Readings, Art Shows, Non-Author Events
Find us: Facebook // Twitter

Independently owned and located in the heart of the Hudson Valley, Merritt Bookstore strives to connect our customers with literature penned by local and global authors alike. We also offer a wide variety of toys, puzzles, and games through the newly expanded Toys of Merritt. We are a small-town bookstore with a large outreach, and we pride ourselves on our unique ability to serve readers everywhere. Stop by to chat with our friendly staff, pick up a great read, and learn about our exciting events!

Millerton

Oblong Books & Music - 26 Main St. - (518) 789-3797

Montauk

Montauk Bookshop - 37 The Plaza - (631) 668-4599

New Paltz

Barner Books - 3 Church St. - (845) 255-2635 - Used, out-of-print, collectibles

Inquiring Minds Bookstore - 6 Church St. - (845) 255-8300

New York City

192 Books - 192 Tenth Ave. @ 21st St. - (212) 255-4022

Argosy Book Store - 116 E. 59th St. - (212) 753-4455 - Used books

Bank Street Bookstore - 610 W. 112 St. - (212) 678-1654 - Children's books

Bluestockings Bookstore, Cafe, & Activist Center

172 Allen St.
Phone: (212) 777-6028
Type: Primarily new books with used books
Specialty: General Interest, Feminist, GLBT, Science Fiction/Fantasy
Sidelines: Artwork, Cafe/Food, Coffee/Tea, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers
Events: Author Signings, Readings, Open Mics, Workshops, Performances, Films
Find us: Facebook // Twitter

We carry over 6000 titles on topics such as queer and gender studies, global capitalism, feminism, police and prisons, democracy studies, and black liberation. You can also find some good ‘ole smutty fiction. We also carry magazines, zines, journals, alternative menstrual products and other oddly hard-to-find good things. We host readings, workshops, performances, discussions and films almost every night.

Book Culture - 536 W. 112th St. - (212) 865-1588

Book Culture - 2915 Broadway @ 114th St. - (646) 403-3000

bookbook - 266 Bleecker St. - (212) 807-8655 or (212) 807-0180

Books of Wonder - 18 W. 18th St. - (212) 989-3270 - Children's books

The Center for Fiction Bookshop - 17 E. 47th St. (between 5th & Madison) -
(212) 755-6710 - Specialty: Literary

Civil Service Bookshop - New York NYCivil Service Bookshop

38 Lispenard St.
Phone: (212) 226-9506
Type: New books
Specialty: Educational
Sidelines: Toys/Games

Specializing in Civil Service test prep books and school test prep books with a general selection of new and popular paperbacks and bestsellers as well as a selection of classic paperbacks. Maps and dictionaries and some self-help books as well. Small independent store in business for over fifty years.

Corner Bookstore - 1313 Madison Ave. - (212) 831-3554

Crawford Doyle Booksellers - New York NYCrawford Doyle Booksellers

1082 Madison Ave.
Phone: (212) 288-6300
Type: New books
Specialty: General Interest

A neighborhood independent bookstore on the Upper East Side with a focus on literary fiction and history and biography for the general reader. Crawford Doyle Booksellers also has an intriguing selection of first editions of 20th century American and British fiction.

 

The Drama Book Shop - 250 W. 40th St. - (212) 944-0595 or (800) 322-0595 - Specialty: Plays/Performing Arts

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe - 126 Crosby St. - (212) 334-3324

Idlewild Books - 12 W. 19th St. - (212) 414-8888 - Specialty: Travel/World Literature

Ink - 66 Avenue A - (212) 228-7868 - Specialty: Newspapers/Magazines

The Juilliard Store - 114 W. 66th St. - (212) 799-5000 x237 - Specialty: Music/Performing Arts

Kitchen Arts & Letters - 1435 Lexington Ave. - (212) 876-5550 Specialty: Cookbooks

La Casa Azul Bookstore - 143 E. 103rd St. - (212) 426-2626 - Specialty: Latino

Left Bank Books - 17 8th Ave. - (212) 924-5638 - Used books

Mast Books - 66 Avenue A - (646) 370-1114 - Used books

McNally Jackson - 52 Prince St. - (212) 274-1160

Mercer Street Books - 206 Mercer St. - (212) 505-8615 - Used, Out-of-Print books

The Mysterious Bookshop - 58 Warren St. - (212) 587-1011

Namaste Bookshop - 2 W. 14th St. - (212) 645-0141 - Specialty: Metaphysical/New Age

NYU Bookstore - 726 Broadway - (212) 998-2667 - General books

Posman Books - 9 Grand Central Terminal - (212) 983-1111

Posman Books - Chelsea Market, 75 9th Ave. - (212) 627-0304

Posman Books - Rockefeller Ctr., 30 Rockefeller Plaza, Concourse Level - (212) 489-9100

Potterton Books NYC - 979 Third Ave. - (212) 644-2292 - Used books

Printed Matter - 195 Tenth Ave. - (212) 925-0325

PRPH Rare Books - 26 E. 64th St. - (646) 370-4657

Quest Bookshop - 240 East 53rd St. - (212) 758-5521

Revolution Books - 146 W. 26th St. - (212) 691-3345 - Specialty: Politics

Rizzoli Bookstore - 31 W. 57th St. - (212) 759-2424 - NOTE: Store closing April 2014. Looking for new location.

Shakespeare & Co. Booksellers - 716 Broadway @ Washington Place - (212) 529-5711

 

Shakespeare Booksellers New York CityShakespeare & Co. Booksellers

939 Lexington Ave.
Phone: (212) 570-0201
Type: New & Used books
Specialty: General Interest, Alternative/Political, Literary, Textbooks
Sidelines: Greeting Cards/Postcards
Find us Facebook | Twitter

Shakespeare & Co. is an independent bookstore that has been serving the New York community for over three decades, with books for general audiences and higher-education customers.

Sister's Uptown Bookstore - 1942 Amsterdam Ave. - (212) 862-3680

St. Mark's Bookshop

31 3rd Ave.
Phone: (212) 260-7853
Type: New books
Specialty: General Interest, Alternative/Political, Art, Educational, Literary
Sidelines: Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers
Events: Readings
Find us: Facebook // Twitter

St. Mark's Bookshop was established in 1977 in New York City's East Village, a community of students, academics, artists, and other discerning readers. Our specialties include Cultural Theory, Graphic Design, Poetry & Small Press Publishing, Film Studies, and Foreign & Domestic Periodicals and Journals.

The Strand - 828 Broadway - (212) 473-1452 - New, Used, Rare books

Three Lives & Co - 154 W. 10th St. - (212) 741-2069 - Used books - Specialty: Alternative

Unoppressive Non-Imperialist Bargain Books - 34 Carmine St. - (212) 229-0079 - Used

Ursus Books & Prints - 699 Madison Ave., 3rd Fl. - (212) 772-8787

Westsider Rare & Used Books - 2246 Broadway - (212) 362-0706 - Used, Rare books

Niagara Falls

The Book Corner - Niagara Falls NYThe Book Corner

1801 Main St.
Phone: (716) 285-2928 or (716) 694-8242
Type: Primarily new books with used books
Specialty: General Interest, Children's, Local History
Events: Author Signings, Readings, Open Mics, Family Days, Food Drives

86 year old independent bookstore. 3 floors of books, 3 cats. Out of print searches, worldwide shipping.

Nyack

Pickwick Book Shop - 8 S. Broadway - (845) 358-9126 - New & Used books

Oneonta

The Green Toad Bookstore - 198 Main St. - (607) 433-8898

Orchard Park

B is for Books - 6562 E. Quaker St. - (716) 667-2383 - Children's books

Oswego

The College Book Store - Bookland, SUNY, Hewitt Union - (315) 312-2260 - General books

the river's end bookstore - 19 W. Bridge St. - (315) 342-0077

Owego

Riverow Bookshop - 187 Front St. - (607) 687-4094 - Used, Rare books

Pawling

Book Cove - 22 Charles Coleman Blvd. - (845) 855-9590

Peekskill

Bruised Apple Books - 923 Central Ave. - (914) 734-7000 - Used, Rare books, records, CDs, movies

Penn Yan

Long's Cards & Books - 115 Main St. - (315) 536-3131

Perry

Burlinghamn Books - Perry NYBurlingham Books

2 S. Main St.
Phone: (585) 237-3190
Type: Primarily new books with used books
Specialty: General Interest, Children's, GLBT, Regional, Science Fiction/Fantasy
Sidelines: Coffee/Tea, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers, Toys/Games
Events: Author Signings, Readings, Live Music
Find us: Facebook

We're a quirky independent bookstore with a unique selection of new and used books, gifts, and magazines, as well as an espresso bar, free wi-fi, and a knowledgeable, friendly staff.

Plattsburgh

Lake City Books - 164 Boynton Ave. - (518) 310-3222

Pleasantville

The Village Bookstore - 10 Washington Ave. - (914) 769-8322

Port Washington

Dolphin Bookshop - 299 Main St. - (516) 767-2650

Pound Ridge

Booksy Galore - 67 Westchester Ave. - (914) 764-3171

Rhinebeck

Oblong Books & Music - 6422 Montgomery St. - (845) 876-0500

Rochester

Worldwide News - 100 Saint Paul St. - (585) 546-7140 - Magazines, Newspapers

Sag Harbor

Canio's Books - 290 Main St. - (631) 725-4926

Saugerties

Inquiring Minds Bookstore - 200 St. - (845) 246-5775

Schenectady

Old Book Surfer - 2334 Guilderland Ave. - (518) 229-0562 - Used books, LPs

Open Door Bookstore - 128 Jay St. - (518) 346-2719

Schuylerville

Old Saratoga Books - Schuylerville NYOld Saratoga Books

94 Broad St.
Phone: (518) 695-1301
Type: Used books
Specialty: General Interest, Art, Children's, Mystery, Regional
Find us: Facebook

Old Saratoga Books is a used and rare bookshop owned by Dan and Rachel Jagareski in the historic Hudson River village of Schuylerville, New York. You can visit our shop in person from Wednesdays through Sundays from noon to 5 pm and any time at our website. Our brick-walled book shop is located in the Bullard Building, an 1870s commercial storefront, and features a wide-ranging selection of used, rare and out-of-print titles with an eye for the unusual and interesting. We have 60,000 books in over 90 categories. We are known for our $1 mass market paperbacks.

Shelter Island

Black Cat Books - 54 N. Ferry Rd. - (631) 725-8654 - Used, Collectible, Rare books

Skaneateles

Creekside Books & Coffee - 35 Fennell St. - (315) 685-0379

Southampton

BookHampton - 16 Hampton Rd. - (631) 283-0270

Stephentown

Down in Denver Books - 874 Route 43 - (518) 733-6856 - Used books

Syracuse

The University Bookstore - 303 University Place, Syracuse University - (315) 443-9900 - General books

Tarrytown

BookTonix - 29 Central Ave. - (914) 564-6527 - Used & New books

Troy

Market Block Books - 290 River St. - (518) 328-0045

Warwick

Ye Old Warwick Book Shoppe - 31 Main St. - (845) 544-7183 - New, Used, Rare books

Webster

Yesterday's Muse - 32 W. Main St. - (585) 265-9295 - Used, Rare books

West Point

USMA Bookstore - Thayer Hall 4th Floor - (845) 938-5293 - General books

Westhampton Beach

Books & Books - 130 Main St. - (631) 998-3260

Woodstock

The Golden Notebook - 29 Tinker St. - (845) 679-8000

 

 

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