In a hot, sunny afternoon in a crowded, cramped city like NYC, is there anything better than to spend
the day browsing through some of NYC’s best bookstores and finally settling upon the best one to get
lost in? The delicate details of these delightfully designed bookstores are not only a source of inspiration
and relaxation but also provide a sense of community. Whatever book you’re in the mood to read, you
will find it in NYC’s abounding bookstores and second-hand book markets.
Before these endangered species become extinct, make sure you have had your share up to the brim.
Here are our best picks:
1. Argosy Book Store: Based in Midtown, Manhattan, Argosy is NYC’s oldest bookstore. Currently, in its third generation of family ownership, the six floors within the premises are chock-full with
thousands of out-of-print, timeworn and rare books. Founded in 1925, the bookstore specializes
in antique prints and maps, medicine and science history and Americana, along with several
other fields of interest.
2. Albertine: An initiative by French Embassy’s Cultural Services, Albertine is a reading room cum
bookshop devoted to French works in both English and French. Based on 5th Avenue, this dreamy
bookstore offers the largest selection of French Literature; the best bet for all Colette and
3. Books Are Magic: One of the newer additions in the hub of NYC’s bookstores, Books Are Magic
is a literary merchantry in Brooklyn by novelist Emma Straub (famed as the author of Modern
Lovers) and her husband Michael Fusco-Straub. This indie bookstore is a little kingdom in itself,
with its own, peculiar quirks and a soul.
4. Bluestockings: A collectively-owned bookstore in Manhattan, Bluestockings is a volunteer-
powered bookstore cum fair trade café cum activist centre. A by-product of the 18th century,
women-centric social and educational movement by the same name, this bookstore was
established for the sole purpose of popularizing literature written by women, for women.
The next time you’re taking the bus from DC to NY, make sure to pick some good reads from one of these beautiful stores.