BOOK MARKED NEW YORK CITY'S HIDDEN BOOKSTORES

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Here’s an experiment for those New Yorkers who find themselves overwhelmed: schedule an hour to walk around your neighborhood and discover a bookstore. Cliché, we know, but there’s nothing like fall to encourage cozying up with a great book—or magazine, or manga, whatever your poison. Below, five novel (!) ideas for an afternoon spent among the stacks (and don’t forget: bookstores are great for gifts, too).

By Michaela Rollings
 

 
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High Valley Books

If you’re looking for hard-to-find copies of old magazines, photos or novels, this is the place for you. This by-appointment-only store in Greenpoint boasts items like an original 1978 French Vogue and collector cookbooks from the 60’s.


 

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Kitchen Arts and Letters

It’s all things food-and-drink at this Upper East Side shop. There’s no better place in the city to soak up some cookbook knowledge, lose yourself in some non-Instagram food photography, or learn about the origins of a rare Pinot.


 

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Westsider Rare & Used Books 

As the name implies, this Upper West Side bookstore sells hard-to-find and used books. The shop’s high ceilings and massive inventory contribute to the shop’s sense of grandeur, as does a lofted second floor packed to the brim with even more reading material.


 

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Book Thug Nation 

Founded by four independent booksellers (and boasting the best store name on this list by far), Book Thug slings used books with a focus on literary fiction, film, and photography. If you’re feeling social, the shop also serves as a community space which hosts lectures, interactive readings and movie screenings.


 

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Three Lives and Company 

A New York institution, Three Lives is known for their well-curated tomes and knowledgeable staff. With its rustic, wood-covered interior and bright red door, the shop is just about as cozy as you can get—All you need is a latte.

 

There are hundreds of bookstores in New York—we only picked five. Comment your favorite places below.