Shoptober – New York City, NY

I recently took a trip to NYC and as part of the trip made it my goal to visit as many bookstores in Manhattan as I could. I had an amazing time and found some new favorite shops.

The Strand (12th & Broadway)

The Strand is one of the most amazing bookstores I’ve ever been in. It’s like John K. King in Detroit, but for new and more recent used books. Their website boasts that their main location at 12th and Broadway contains 18 miles of books, and every foot of that distance is fantastic. From the moment I walked into The Strand I was awe struck by the selection. I easily could have spent hours wandering their isles, in which I found not only almost all of the books on my To-Read list, but also many more that I added to my list after visiting. And in more than one occasion, I even miraculously found on the shelves copies of books that hadn’t been released yet.

Purchased: The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta, Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria, Princesses Behaving Badly: Real Stories from history Without the Fairy-Tale Endings by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

McNally Jackson (Prince St between Mulberry & Lafayette)


A cute little two story shop and cafe, McNally Jackson has a nice selection of books across many genres (including specific sections like British Fiction). On the landing between the main floor and the lower, you’ll find a decent selection of sale books. But my personal favorite thing about McNally Jackson isn’t the books. While you’re shopping, keep an eye out for this cutie, who I saw walking the aisles keeping an eye on things. While I didn’t catch this adorable pup’s name, she was extremely chill and friendly.

Purchased: A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna

Bluestockings (Stanton & Allen)

If you’re craving a truly LGBTQ centered space while in the NYC area, Bluestockings is the place to go. Part bookshop, part activist center, Bluestockings stocks a wide variety of fiction an non-fiction on LGBTQ issues, Feminism, reproductive rights, civil rights, labor movements, and more.

Purchased: Ask Me About My Uterus: A Quest to Make Doctors Believe in Women’s Pain by Abby Norman

Honorable Mentions:

Shakespeare and Co. (69th and Lexington) is a cute little cafe and book shop with a great selection of new books. They are also the official bookstore of Hunter College, and Hunter textbooks and collegiate gear can be found in the basement portion of the store.

Forbidden Planet (Broadway between 12th and 13th) is right around the corner from The Strand and is a comics and game store well worth the visit. They occupy a relatively small space but use it extremely well, stocking not only a wide variety of comics but also a great selection of sf/f books. I was able to find in their stock a comic trade that I’d been unable to find anywhere else outside of online retailers (Infinite Loop V2) which I was very happy about.

Midtown Comics Times Square (40th St & 7th Ave) will likely be familiar to comics readers no matter where you’re from, as they advertise regularly in comics issues. The Times Square location is one of two in NYC, and boasts an impressive selection of not only comics, but also funkos, toys, and Midtown unique attire. I was very happy to find here a Captain Marvel baseball cap and a Digimon Funko.

Argosy Book Store (E59th between Park and Lexington) is an absolutely gorgeous used book store. While they do have a stock of used fiction downstairs, their specialty is rare books, prints, and maps. Even if you’re not looking to purchase anything here, I highly recommend a visit as it is one of the most beautiful shops I’ve ever visited.

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