📍Rizzoli Bookstore (1964)
Though in a new location near the Flatiron, this elegant and visually appealing bookstore captured my heart right away. Rizzoli specializes in illustrated books on architecture, interior design, fashion, photography, cookery, and the fine and applied arts, as well as literature, and foreign language books. I even attended an author reading once for my favorite historical fiction author.
📍Argosy Bookstore (1925)
Argosy Book Store
If you want to find old and rare books, look no further than Argosy - the oldest independent bookstore in Manhattan still in its original location. They specialize in Americana, modern first editions, autographs, art, photography, and antique maps & prints. I was in there hours taking in the rare first editions behind glass cases.
📍The Mysterious Bookshop (1979)
Mysterious Book Shop
Calling all crime and thriller fans! Mysterious bookshop is the oldest mystery specialist book store in America. They recently held an author event for thriller writer Alice Feeney. If you like mystery and thrillers, this is your place.
📍The Drama Bookshop (1923)
The Drama Book Shop
NYC is a theater lover’s dream. So of course there must be a theater love bookstore. The Drama Bookshop is full of theatrical works, and the new location was even designed by the set creator of Hamilton. It pays homage to twentieth century European cafes and reading rooms, and features a full service cafe serving coffee, teas, and light snacks.
📍The Strand (1927)
Strand Book Store
This is one of the most well known bookstores in Manhattan, and it dates back to when the neighborhood was full of bookstores and called “Book Row”. This store has multiple floors with millions of books across every genre. There’s also tons of bookish gifts.
The Strand also opened a Central Park outpost on weekends. They set up tables of used and new books to peruse
The Strand also opened a Central Park outpost on weekends. They set up tables of used and new books to peruse.
📍McNally Jackson Books
McNally Jackson Books Seaport
While these stores have opened more recently in the 2000s, I had to give a shout out to my favorite location. McNally Jackson in South Street Seaport is located in a the historic Schermerhorn Row building, built in 1811. The old brick, cobblestone roads, and sailing vibes make this my favorite location in Manhattan. There’s also an excellent coffee and cocktail shop in the bookstore.
Rizzoli book signing event with author Fiona Davis
Always obsessing over this gorgeous store front
The day I stumbled upon The Strand Central Park outpost
First editions at Argosy
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