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Indie Bookstores in New York

The best list of independent New York bookstores

 

  • City Title Albany
  • Address 1 381 Sand Creek Rd.
  • Phone (518) 435-9337
  • City Title Astoria
  • Address 1 31-29 31st St.
  • Phone (718) 278-2665
  • City Title Binghamton
  • Address 1 5 Court St.
  • Phone (607) 217-7292
  • City Title Brockport
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  • Address 1 45 Main St.
  • Phone (585) 637-2260
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Literary, Regional, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers, Toys/Games
  • Events Author Signings, Readings
Lift Bridge Book Shop, located in Brockport, NY the "Victorian Village on the Erie Canal" is the only full service independent bookstore between Rochester and Buffalo, NY. We serve the greater local community and SUNY Brockport with textbooks, art and office supplies and two floors of books and innovative toys.
  • City Title Bronxville
  • Address 1 76 Pondfield Rd.
  • Phone (914) 337-0199
  • City Title Brooklyn
  • Address 1 163 Court St.
  • Phone (718) 875-3677
  • Address 1 100 N. 3rd St.
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty Literary
  • Sidelines Artwork, Curiosities, Gifts, Magazines/Newspapers
  • Events Author Signings, Readings
bookthugnation is a used bookstore and community space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. We carry a wide selection of quality used books at low prices. Our focus is in Literary Fiction (boasting one of the best used fiction sections in NYC!), Film and Philosophy. We hold regular events and gatherings, including, but not limited to, author readings, movie screenings, lectures, neighborhood meetings, and kids nights. BTN believes that independent bookstores are an essential part of a healthy, creative New York City. We strive to be an active community space that fosters the literary arts in Brooklyn while being a welcoming place where anyone can walk in, have a cup of coffee and talk about books.
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  • Address 1 1964 Coney Island Ave.
  • Phone (718) 645-6675
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
Elected by the readers of the Daily News as the best independent book store in New York City, November 2011.
  • Address 1 1067 Flushing Ave.
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty General Interest, Alternative/Political, Art, Literary
  • Sidelines Artwork, Curiosities, Gifts, Magazines/Newspapers
  • Events Author Signings, Readings
Human Relations is a used bookstore in Bushwick located at 1067 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn, New York; between Vandervoort Place and Kickerbocker Ave. Human Relations are difficult, especially for book people. Nevertheless, we are bringing you the best quality used Fiction, Philosophy, Film, Foreign Language, Pulpy Noir, History, Art, Science, Food, Drama, and pretty much everything else. (In order to make human relations even harder.)
  • Address 1 76 Front St
  • Phone (718) 222-3340
  • Type Used books
  • Address 1 37 Main St.
  • Phone (718) 666-3049
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Alternative/Political, Art, Children's, Feminist, Literary, Regional
  • Sidelines Artwork, Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
  • Events Author Signings, Readings
Home to world-renowned art book publisher powerHouse Books, the Arena is a gallery, boutique, book store, performance, and events space located at 37 Main Street, in New York City's scenic DUMBO neighborhood. With soaring 24- foot ceilings on the 5,000 square foot ground floor The powerHouse Arena showcases a series of landmark exhibitions, performances, and controlled mayhem fusing the worlds of art, photography, design, fashion, pop culture, advertising, music, dance, film, and television into a glorious whirlwind of captivating spectacle.
  • Address 1 1111 8th Ave
  • Phone (718) 801-8375
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Alternative/Political, Art, Children's, Literary
  • Sidelines Artwork, Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
  • Events Author Signings, Readings
powerHouse on 8th is a brand new bookstore, reading club, mini-gallery, and community space bringing South Slope the best in fiction, non-fiction, kids, YA, novelty, cooking, decorating, stationery, and more, all from the curatorial minds hived at Dumbo's famed powerHouse Arena. Read our reviews, join our Middle Grade Reading Club, and stop in for Sunday morning readings with children's book authors. See you on the block!
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  • Address 1 18 Bridge St. 1G
  • Phone (347) 460-7724
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines Artwork, Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards
  • Events Author Signings, Readings
Singularity&Co is NYC's only bookstore dedicated to bringing vintage science fiction, fantasy & genre pulp back to the future! Check out our digital rescue publishing projects at www.savethescifi.com and www.savetheadventure.com.

  • Address 1 218 Bedford Ave.
  • Phone (718) 387-7322
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty General Interest, Art, Literary
  • Sidelines Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers
Since 1999, Spoonbill has offered an always changing combination of new books in the Arts & Letters as well as, serendipitously, whatever unusual books come in though libraries and small collections that we obtain. Open 7 days a week on the main drag in sunny Williamsburg.
  • Address 1 242 Prospect Park W.
  • Phone (718) 788-3475
  • Type Used books
  • Address 1 - 600 Vanderbilt Ave. (@St. Marks) -
  • Phone (718) 789-1534
  • Type Used books
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  • Address 1 126 Franklin St.
  • Phone (718) 383-0096
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
  • Events Author Signings, Readings
WORD Brooklyn is an independent community bookstore, dedicated to being whatever our neighborhood wants us to be!
  • City Title Cambridge
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  • Address 1 15 E. Main St.
  • Phone (518) 677-2515
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Regional
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers, Toys/Games
Part of the community for 25 years (under a few different names), Battenkill Books is a local, independent bookstore selling general interest, new books in the Battenkill Valley. The store offers a broad range of books from current bestsellers to the classics, and from history and romance to gardening and cooking, and more. We have a large selection of books on local history and the surrounding area. Battenkill Books also carries maps, gifts, cards, and an eclectic selection of magazines.
  • City Title Cedarhurst
  • Address 1 501A Central Ave.
  • Phone (516) 837-0040
  • City Title Chatham
  • Address 1 27 Main St.
  • Phone (518) 392-3005
  • City Title Chestnut Ridge
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  • Address 1 817 Chestnut Ridge Rd.
  • Phone (856) 290-1572
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
Meadowlark Toys/Cuppa Pulp Booksellers is owned and managed by a collective of families at Green Meadow Waldorf School. We strive to meet the needs of our customers for carefully sourced, natural toys, children's books, craft supplies, and gifts; foundational and innovative anthroposophical research, commentary, and literature; and for trade fiction and nonfiction that both challenges and entertains.
Since opening our doors in June 2009, we have single-mindedly created a place where infants through adults discover and rediscover the joy of reading. Our tagline, "the little bookstore with big ideas" is our guiding light! Monkey See, Monkey Do...Children's Bookstore has become a place where grandparents, parents, and children come to experience a homey atmosphere and discover a new read, enjoy a special program, and meet booksellers who are committed to helping them find the book, program, or party destination that meets their needs. For us, our bookstore demonstrates how "many hands make light work." Our community supports us and we return their trust by bringing our time, energy, and talent to ensure that WNY continues to enjoy an independent bookstore that offers more than just BOOKS!
  • City Title Dryden
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  • Address 1 198 North Rd
  • Phone (607) 844-9365
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty General Interest, Art, Literary, Mystery, Science Fiction/Fantasy
365.4 Categories of used, rare, and scholarly books in three nineteenth century barns. Received the Reward of Merit Restoration by Historic Ithaca and Tompkins County. Difficult to find! Located at Lacey's Corners which is directly opposite the traffic light to Tompkin-Cortland Community College. Parking lot not accessible from NY Route 13.
  • City Title East Hampton
  • Address 1 41 Main St.
  • Phone (631) 324-4939
  • City Title Geneva
  • Address 1 51 Saint Clair St.
  • Phone (315) 781-3449
  • City Title Hamilton
  • Address 1 3 Utica St.
  • Phone (877) 362-7666
  • City Title Hastings-on-Hudson
  • Address 1 22A Main St.
  • Phone (914) 478-2501
  • City Title Huntington
  • Address 1 313 New York Ave.
  • Phone (631) 271-1442
  • Address 1 Dewitt Mall, 215 N. Cayuga St.
  • Phone (607) 273-5055
  • Type Used books
  • City Title Katonah
  • Address 1 25 Katonah Ave.
  • Phone (914) 232-7278
  • City Title Lake Placid
  • Address 1 2491 Main St.
  • Phone (518) 523-2950
  • City Title Larchmont
  • Address 1 96 Chatsworth Ave. #A
  • Phone (914) 834-6900
  • Address 1 1997 Palmer Ave.
  • Phone (914) 630-4581
  • Specialty Children's
  • City Title Locust Valley
  • Address 1 182 Birch Hill Rd.
  • Phone (516) 759-1489
  • City Title Millbrook
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  • Address 1 57 Front St.
  • Phone (845) 677-5857
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Literary, Mystery, Regional
  • Sidelines Artwork, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
  • Events Author Signings, Readings
Independently owned and located in the heart of the Hudson Valley, Merritt Bookstore strives to connect our customers with literature penned by local and global authors alike. We also offer a wide variety of toys, puzzles, and games through the newly expanded Toys of Merritt. We are a small-town bookstore with a large outreach, and we pride ourselves on our unique ability to serve readers everywhere. Stop by to chat with our friendly staff, pick up a great read, and learn about our exciting events!
  • City Title Montauk
  • Address 1 37 The Plaza
  • Phone (631) 668-4599
  • City Title New Paltz
  • Address 1 3 Church St.
  • Phone (845) 255-2635
  • Type Used books
  • City Title New York City
  • Address 1 192 Tenth Ave. @ 21st St.
  • Phone (212) 255-4022
  • Address 1 116 E. 59th St.
  • Phone (212) 753-4455
  • Type Used books
  • Address 1

    172 Allen St.

  • Phone (212) 777-6028
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty General Interest, Feminist, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines Artwork, Café/Food, Coffee/Tea, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers
  • Events Author Signings, Readings

We carry over 6000 titles on topics such as queer and gender studies, global capitalism, feminism, police and prisons, democracy studies, and black liberation. You can also find some good 'ole smutty fiction. We also carry magazines, zines, journals, alternative menstrual products and other oddly hard-to-find good things. We host readings, workshops, performances, discussions and films almost every night.

  • Address 1 536 W. 112th St.
  • Phone (212) 865-1588
  • Address 1 2915 Broadway @ 114th St.
  • Phone (646) 403-3000
  • Address 1 266 Bleecker St.
  • Phone (212) 807-8655 or (212) 807-0180
  • Address 1 18 W. 18th St.
  • Phone (212) 989-3270
  • Specialty Children's
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  • Address 1 38 Lispenard St.
  • Phone (212) 226-9506
  • Type New books
  • Specialty Educational
  • Sidelines Toys/Games
Specializing in Civil Service test prep books and school test prep books with a general selection of new and popular paperbacks and bestsellers as well as a selection of classic paperbacks. Maps and dictionaries and some self-help books as well. Small independent store in business for over fifty years.
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  • Address 1 1082 Madison Ave.
  • Phone (212) 288-6300
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest
A neighborhood independent bookstore on the Upper East Side with a focus on literary fiction and history and biography for the general reader. Crawford Doyle Booksellers also has an intriguing selection of first editions of 20th century American and British fiction.
  • Address 1 12 W. 19th St.
  • Phone (212) 414-8888
  • Address 1 66 Avenue A
  • Phone (212) 228-7868
  • Address 1 17 8th Ave.
  • Phone (212) 924-5638
  • Type Used books
  • Address 1 66 Avenue A
  • Phone (646) 370-1114
  • Type Used books
  • Address 1 2 W. 14th St.
  • Phone (212) 645-0141
  • Specialty Metaphysical/New Age
  • Address 1 726 Broadway
  • Phone (212) 998-2667
  • Address 1 Chelsea Market, 75 9th Ave.
  • Phone (212) 627-0304
  • Address 1 Rockefeller Ctr., 30 Rockefeller Plaza, Concourse Level
  • Phone (212) 489-9100
  • Address 1 195 Tenth Ave.
  • Phone (212) 925-0325
  • Address 1 240 East 53rd St.
  • Phone (212) 758-5521
  • Address 1 31 W. 57th St.NOTE: Store closing April 2014. Looking for new location.
  • Phone (212) 759-2424
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  • Address 1 939 Lexington Ave.
  • Phone (212) 570-0201
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty General Interest, Alternative/Political, Literary
  • Sidelines Greeting Cards/Postcards
Shakespeare & Co. is an independent bookstore that has been serving the New York community for over three decades, with books for general audiences and higher-education customers.
  • Address 1 31 3rd Ave.
  • Phone (212) 260-7853
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Alternative/Political, Art, Educational, Literary
  • Sidelines Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers
  • Events Readings
St. Mark's Bookshop was established in 1977 in New York City's East Village, a community of students, academics, artists, and other discerning readers. Our specialties include Cultural Theory, Graphic Design, Poetry & Small Press Publishing, Film Studies, and Foreign & Domestic Periodicals and Journals.
  • Address 1 250 W. 40th St.
  • Phone (212) 944-0595 or (800) 322-0595
  • Address 1 828 Broadway
  • Phone (212) 473-1452
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Address 1 154 W. 10th St.
  • Phone (212) 741-2069
  • Type Used books
  • City Title Niagara Falls
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  • Address 1 1801 Main St.
  • Phone (716) 285-2928 or (716) 694-8242
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's
  • Events Author Signings, Readings
86 year old independent bookstore. 3 floors of books, 3 cats. Out of print searches, worldwide shipping.
  • City Title Nyack
  • Address 1 8 S. Broadway
  • Phone (845) 358-9126
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • City Title Orchard Park
  • Address 1 6562 E. Quaker St.
  • Phone (716) 667-2383
  • Specialty Children's
  • City Title Oswego
  • Address 1 Bookland, SUNY, Hewitt Union
  • Phone (315) 312-2260
  • City Title Owego
  • Address 1 187 Front St.
  • Phone (607) 687-4094
  • Type Used books
  • City Title Pawling
  • Address 1 22 Charles Coleman Blvd.
  • Phone (845) 855-9590
  • City Title Peekskill
  • Address 1 923 Central Ave.
  • Phone (914) 734-7000
  • Type Used books
  • City Title Perry
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  • Address 1 2 S. Main St.
  • Phone (585) 237-3190
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Regional, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines Coffee/Tea, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers, Toys/Games
  • Events Author Signings, Readings
We're a quirky independent bookstore with a unique selection of new and used books, gifts, and magazines, as well as an espresso bar, free wi-fi, and a knowledgeable, friendly staff.
  • City Title Plattsburgh
  • Address 1 164 Boynton Ave.
  • Phone (518) 310-3222
  • City Title Pleasantville
  • Address 1 10 Washington Ave.
  • Phone (914) 769-8322
  • City Title Port Washington
  • Address 1 299 Main St.
  • Phone (516) 767-2650
  • City Title Pound Ridge
  • Address 1 67 Westchester Ave.
  • Phone (914) 764-3171
  • City Title Rhinebeck
  • Address 1 6422 Montgomery St.
  • Phone (845) 876-0500
  • City Title Rochester
  • Address 1 100 Saint Paul St.
  • Phone (585) 546-7140
  • City Title Sag Harbor
  • Address 1 290 Main St.
  • Phone (631) 725-4926
  • Address 1 20 Main St.
  • Phone (631) 808-3401
  • Type New books
  • City Title Schenectady
  • Address 1 2334 Guilderland Ave.
  • Phone (518) 229-0562
  • Type Used books
  • City Title Schuylerville
  • Image Image
  • Address 1 94 Broad St.
  • Phone (518) 695-1301
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty General Interest, Art, Children's, Mystery, Regional
Old Saratoga Books is a used and rare bookshop owned by Dan and Rachel Jagareski in the historic Hudson River village of Schuylerville, New York. You can visit our shop in person from Wednesdays through Sundays from noon to 5 pm and any time at our website. Our brick-walled book shop is located in the Bullard Building, an 1870s commercial storefront, and features a wide-ranging selection of used, rare and out-of-print titles with an eye for the unusual and interesting. We have 60,000 books in over 90 categories. We are known for our $1 mass market paperbacks.
  • City Title Shelter Island
  • Address 1 54 N. Ferry Rd.
  • Phone (631) 725-8654
  • Type Used books
  • City Title Southampton
  • Address 1 16 Hampton Rd.
  • Phone (631) 283-0270
  • City Title Stephentown
  • Address 1 874 Route 43
  • Phone (518) 733-6856
  • Type Used books
  • City Title Syracuse
  • Address 1 303 University Place, Syracuse University
  • Phone (315) 443-9900
  • City Title Tarrytown
  • Address 1 29 Central Ave.
  • Phone (914) 564-6527
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • City Title Troy
  • Address 1 290 River St.
  • Phone (518) 328-0045
  • City Title Warwick
  • Address 1 31 Main St.
  • Phone (845) 544-7183
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • City Title Webster
  • Address 1 32 W. Main St.
  • Phone (585) 265-9295
  • Type Used books
  • City Title West Point
  • Address 1 Thayer Hall 4th Floor
  • Phone (845) 938-5293
  • City Title Westhampton Beach
  • Address 1 130 Main St.
  • Phone (631) 998-3260
  • City Title Woodstock
  • Address 1 29 Tinker St.
  • Phone (845) 679-8000
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