Yesterday was a day to rejoice book lovers! It was Independent Bookstore Day, an annual party that celebrates the uniqueness and the independent nature of indie bookstores. They are more than just businesses, they are community centers and local staples for passionate book lovers. In the time of technology, it is important we express the importance of independent bookstores and what they provide to their local communities.
I urge you to visit your local indie bookstore. You never know, they might be throwing a party and various events in their honor. However, if you are one of the few to be living in New York City, there are some great independent bookstores that you should visit. If you don’t and plan on visiting NYC in the future, I just completed a guide of places you should definitely visit! Here it is:
Strand Bookstore – This is my all time favorite bookstore to go to! It is no joke when they say “18 miles of books”. You can spend all day here. It is no wonder this iconic store has been here for over 90 years.
Book Culture – With a store that has different locations, you will always find something unique and meet the needs of your taste at Book Culture! Locations: 536 West 112th St., 2915 Broadway and 450 Columbus Ave.
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe – All the books are donated in this volunteer-run bookstore but that is not what makes this place a great store to visit. All the profits go to benefit lifesaving services to New Yorkers who are living with HIV/AIDS and homelessness. Support your reading habit and support a good cause at the same time.
Argosy Book Store – I just discovered this bookstore. If you are a lover of old and rare books, then look no further Argosy Bookstore. They just don’t have books but they have antique maps and an extensive collection of old prints, drawings, and posters. It was breathtaking to see all that rare materials in one place.
And at the end of the day, I still managed to come out with a book haul for the day.
Thus ending a perfect way of supporting our independent bookstores!