Strand Book Store
It starts with the dollar books...
828 Broadway (12th/13th)
Where to go for a bookstore that's less Yuppy and less douchy than a Borders or Barnes and Noble? If you find yourself in the Greenwich Village area, swing by the Strand Bookstore. The dollar books displayed on mobile shelfs on the sidewalk outside should lure any curious passerby with a few minutes to spare, and although the $1 books are used loss-leaders, this place's interior has plenty to offer as well.
It feels like you might bump into Meg Ryan working here, or Tom Hanks plotting the store's destruction...
Strand has a good selection of used and new books, with a helpful and generous staff to answer any questions you might have. Strolling through Strand, you feel like less of a corporate lackey and more of a hipster book customer!
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