New York City - Manhattan General Bookstores

A list of bookstores in Manhattan, NYC

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Manhattan bookstores still serve the nearly 9 million potential book readers in the naked city, which is widely considered to be the center of the book publishing industry in the United States.

While books can be found in retail establishments of all kinds — museum shops to fashion boutiques — for hard-core book lovers, there's nothing like browsing in a bookstore.

For book-loving visitors and New York City natives alike, here's a selected list of popular Manhattan bookstores.


Archivia Books
993 Lexington Ave
New York, NY, 10021-4204
(212) 570-9565
Primarily sells books about architecture.

Asia Store (at Asia Society)
725 Park Ave
New York, NY, 10021-5025
(212) 327-9309

An extensive collection of titles on Asia from Persia to the Pacific, in all subject categories as well as CDs, videos, magazines, gifts, stationery products and Asia Society publications.

Bank Street Bookstore
610 W 112th St
New York, NY, 10025-1898
(212) 678-1654
(800) 724-1486

Books for children, parents & teachers.

Science, social studies, special needs separation, death, new baby, homelessness, disabilities, curriculum guides, etc.
Barnes & Noble
various locations
Len Riggio started his chain of retail bookstores in Manhattan, and there are a number of outposts in prominent locations.

Bluestockings Books
172 Allen St
New York, NY 10002-2183
(212) 777-6028

Radical feminist bookstore with an organic, vegan fair trade cafe and an activist center for readings, discussions, and films. Over 6000 books on queer & gender studies, feminism, police & prisons, democracy studies, black liberation and some “good 'ole smutty fiction,” plus magazines and natural products. 

266 Bleecker Street (between 6th & 7th Avenues)
New York, NY

The new iteration and location of what was the Biography Bookstore (1984-2010), this general bookstore has a great selection of paperbacks and off-price remainders.

Books of Wonder
18 W 18th St
New York, NY 10011-4607
(212) 989-3270

Well-known children's bookstore; carries new, old, rare, and out-of-print kids books.

The Corner Bookstore
1313 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10128-1301
(212) 831-3554

The quintessential Upper East Side service-oriented bookstore with a general selection and a willingness to order, ship, find out-of-print titles. A knowledgeable staff is happy to consultations regarding juvenile & adult titles.

Drama Book Shop
250 W 40th St
New York, NY 10018-1511
(212) 944-0595

The oldest performing arts book store in the country stocks 40,000 books about theater, plays, musical theater, vocal scores, design, costume, dance & film.

Hudson Booksellers
NYC transportation hub outposts #1 airport bookseller in North America. National bestsellers to eclectic local favorites especially selected for travelers.

Port Authority Bus Terminal
Upper Level, North Wing
625 8th Ave
New York, NY 10018-1415

Pennsylvania Station
Main Amtrak Level B
Between 31st & 32nd St
New York, NY, 10001

Hue-Man Bookstore
(212) 665-7400
No longer a storefront, this website specializes in all books of African American interest and still hosts book signing events at specialty venues.

McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince St
New York, NY 10012-3309
(212) 274-1160

The relative newcomer is now a Nolita institution, “right in the middle of New York's eclectic cultural life and …determined to capture that invigorating swirl in our mix of books, media, and events.”

Mysterious Bookshop
58 Warren Street
New York, NY, 10007
(212) 587-1011

Edgar Award-winner Otto Penzler's bookstore featuring all things mystery. Read more about NYC's Mysterious Bookstop.

Namaste Book Shop
2 West 14th St
New York, NY 10011-7517
(212) 645-0141

Specializing in Western & Eastern Spirituality featuring books and sidelines related to yoga, meditation, tantra, ancient philosophy, aromatherapy, eastern and western religion, health, healing, nutrition, martial arts, Buddhism, and Shamanism.

New York University Book Center
726 Broadway
New York, NY 10003-9502
(212) 998-4667

This college bookstore also serves the general community. Sells bestsellers and general books in addition to textbooks and study aids, NYU insignia clothing and gifts.

Posman Books
Outposts of this general bookstore offer a wide range of well-curated new releases, contemporary fiction & non-fiction & high-quality New York-related merchandise.

9 Grand Central Terminal — this location CLOSED December 2014
New York, NY 10017
(212) 983-1111

Chelsea Market
75 9th Avenue
New York NY 10011
(212) 627-0304

Rockefeller Center
30 Rockefeller Plaza - Concourse Level
New York, NY 10112
(212) 489-9100

Revolution Books
146 West 26th St
New York, NY
(212) 691-3345

Offers a wide ranging collection of what it considers to be progressive books and DVD's on history and political theory, novels and poetry, atheism and science, geopolitics and philosophy, visual art and film, as well as children's literature and books in Spanish.

Rizzoli Bookstore (this location to close; to reopen in NoMad neighborhood Spring 2015)
31 West 57th St
New York, NY 10019-3400
(212) 759-2424

Since 1964, a leading NYC source for illustrated books (including children’s) on art, architecture, photography, design, interior design, and fashion.

Shakespeare & Co. Booksellers
A venerated mini-chain of general bookstores that also serve the university students and staffs in their respective neighborhoods.

Downtown — CLOSED August 2014
716 Broadway
New York, NY 10003
(212) 529-1330

Gramercy — CLOSED 
137 E.

23rd Street
New York, NY 10010
(212) 505-2021

939 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10065
(212) 570-0201

St. Mark's Bookshop
31 3rd Ave
New York NY 10003-5536
(212) 260-7853

Open since 1977 and features small press poetry and literature, cutting edge graphic design, cultural and critical theory. Open until midnight to serve its East Village neighborhood.

The Strand
828 Broadway (corner of 12th Street)
New York, NY 10003-4805
(212) 473-1452

Named after the famous publishing street in London, this NYC institution since 1927 carries more than 2.5 million used, new and rare books.

A browser's paradise, it specializes in used and off-price books and has a rare book department. Check out the new/publicity review copies for 50% off retail.

Three Lives & Co.
154 West 10th St
New York, NY 10014-3113
(212) 741-2069

A West Village institution specializing in literary fiction and narrative non-fiction.