Bookstores in New York are Unique
If you brought your children, stop by 'Books of Wonder' - they know just what your kids will love. They've been selling children's books since 1980 and are located on 18th street in the Flatiron part of the city. It's absolutely the best children's book shop in Manhattan. Especially if you are a children's book fanatic because they have a pretty extensive collection of antique children's books. Plus, it's a fantastic place for contemporary children's books as well. For anyone who is a fan of the movie 'You've Got Mail', the store is the real life, larger version of 'The Shop Around The Corner'. This bookstore is a must-go destination, a place where you'll be able to reconnect with your inner child.
Then there is 'The Strand' book store. Hands down the best place to find cheap paperbacks out out-of-print gems, and often for much less than you can buy them at a firsthand shop. They are located on 12th Street and Broadway. The Strand has been around since 1927, and the bookstore was names after the famous publishing street in London. Originally, it used to be one of 48 bookstores on Book Row, which started in the 1890's and ran from Union Square to Astor Place. Today, The Strand is the only sole survivor.
'192 Books' is a bright bookshop located east of the Chelsea gallery area. It has a host of excellent readings, signings, discussions, group readings and features a great selection of literature and art books. This book store is relatively new, opening in 2003. The book store regularly presents art exhibitions accompanied by a selection of titles relating to the artists or to the theme being explored. Their intentions are to promote a dialogue between readers and art lovers.
Finally, if you can, fit in 'McNally Jackson' located in New York's Soho district between Lafayette and Mulberry. This bookstore welcomes eminent writers and is well stocked with internationally diverse books and highbrow fiction. A heaven for any serious reader. It's one of those old school style bookstores with a cute cafe where not only can you snack, but you can listen to an authors lecture. The store owners know what's important and place books on tables for quick viewing; basically they curate like galleries do and put thought into what people might like to read. The staff is very knowledgeable and they pay attention to the tastes of their regular customers and will alert them to upcoming releases or other books they might like.