The Gotham Book Mart has moved from its Diamond District headquarters into a new space. This new store is a lovely space not the aging mass that was the old store. Of course the old store had a certain charm that the new location sorely lacks. The upstairs Gorey Museum/Store is gone but they still have a nice selection of Edward Gorey's books. Still one of the best independent book sellers in New York.
PROS: Great Selection
Just down the block from the Fashion Institute this store has all sorts of supplies for the beginer and advanced designer. Fashion Design Books has thousands of books on clothing and clothing design. I purchased a book on the history of denim and enjoyed it. They also sell supplies, paper, scissors etc. that a designer might need. An excellent store.
East West Books has an interesting selection of books for sale. They have a great inventory of Eastern Religions material, a strong astrology section and a Woman's Studies Section that is also pretty good. The employees I have dealt with on my two visits were courteous and able to steer me towards what I was looking for rather quickly.
PROS: Nice selection . friendly staff
The Drama Book Shop has been around for over eighty years supplying New York's acting community and aspiring playwrites and actors a place to meet and find source material. I dropped in last year looking for a play I had been in in High School. They had it in 3 different printings and were affable to deal with. Just a very nice place for the casual fan of drama to shop.
Wow, James Cummins Bookseller is an amazing shop certainly the nicest in New York City. Up on the seventh floor you enter and are instantly enticed by a comfortable couch to sit down and reflect upon all of the great books that they have in stock. This is high end material, the great moments of western literature, books about sports and travel. They also have some nice prints. This shop has some very expensive items but they also have some nicely illustrated Shakespeare editions for under a hundred dollars. Just a great first rate bookseller.
PROS: Top Notch Bookdealer
CONS: Not opened weekends
The name of the shop is an accurate reflection of what they sell, Computer Book Works. There selection is awesome and they discount older books but these books of course are useful if you are trying to operate older software. They discount newer books, usually 20% off. They are involved in local computer events, drop by for a heads up on the next sceduled events around town. The staff knows there stuff and will point you to everything from the newest developments in computing, even theoretical ideas that have yet to happen to older material. Highly recommended.
PROS: tremendous selection and staff
CONS: Closed Sundays
The Complete Traveller Antiquarian Bookstore is an amazing place. They carry a full line of old travel guides and old maps. They are real experts and can fill in your missing Baedeker's or find a travel guide to 1910 London. They also have a smattering of other rare books including a small but excellent section of children's books and books on New York City. This shop is definitely worth a visit if you are looking for any of this kind of material.
PROS: A wonderful place to shop
CONS: None that are apparent
Choices Books & Gift Shop has been spreading the word of twelve step programs for over 18 years. The shop is well stocked, clean and orderly. They have books and can start you on programs to help you deal with problems such as eating disorders, alcoholism or just coping with lifes everyday stresses. The staff is friendly and non judgemental.
Paging Dr. Freud, paging Dr. Freud. It's all here from the worlds of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis and Psychology. Freud and Jung and everything else is well represented here. Whether you are a health care professional, a dabbler in Psychiatry or just making an attempt to understand better who you are and why you do what you do this is the store for you. The staff are very knowledgeable and helped me locate a book that I was looking for so don't let the name of the shop intimidate you into avoiding it because you are a layman.
PROS: Tremendous Inventory
Down a flight of stairs in the West Village and you come across the basement domain of Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks . hey change there hours constantly so call before you visit but if you are into cookbooks you should definitely visit. She has stacks of used, old cook books many of which have been out of print for many years. This is a great asset as so many cook books are published by small presses and quickly disappear. The owner is usually present and she is a fount of information and can help steer you in the right direction if you tell her what you are looking for. A highly recommended store.
PROS: Tremendous Selection Helpful Owner
CONS: Small space, changing hours