Bluestockings is New York's other radical book store. Not as large as Revolution Books they have recently renovated and now can sell more books as well as host more events. They have an event virtually every night. Everything from readings, to film viewings to feminist studies. They are a nice bunch of folks and if you have an interest in feminism or radical politics you'll feel right at home here. They also have a little free trade cafe.
PROS: Nice selction of books, open late
CONS: None unless you don't approve of the subject matter
The Black Orchid Bookshop is an excellent Mystery book shop on the Upper East Side. Down a flight of stairs the store carries a full line of Detective fiction both old and the newest releases. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable and the few times I've shopped here everyone has been nice and helpful.
PROS: Good service and selection
CONS: Could be larger
Bauman Rare Books is a beautifully laid out store. It was designed to create the appearance of a private library and the design suceeds. They have a great assortment of first editions, autographs and rare books. The prices seem a little steep especially for the autographs but then again you are getting a guarantee that you wont find in venues like eBay. They're all here from Hemingway, Dickens and Whitman. A nice place to drop by and see some heavyweight books.
PROS: Tremendous Selection
CONS: A little pricey
The Argosy Book Store is a multi storied monument to the printed word. They have a tremendous inventory of first editions, autographs, prints and other out of print books. You can easily spend a few hours here just browsing and slowly building a pile of books that you'll want to take with you. Great service, great books.
PROS: Great Book Store
CONS: None that are apparent
Archivia the Decorative Arts Book Shop has an amazing selection of books dealing with architecture and design. Not only are the works of the great designers represented here but just thumbing through some of these books gives you great ideas for decorating. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and friendly.
The Museum in its new quarters is a spectacular site, with an amazing collection of artifacts from most of North America's tribes. The gift shop is a bit of a disappointment. They have some books and assorted knick knacks but it is not one of the great Museum gift shops in New York.
When I was a kid 30 or more years ago this area, Fourth Avenue, University Place, was a row of used book shops which sold everything from rare first editions to remaindered books who's covers made you wonder what was the publisher thinking in the first place. Nowadays there are only a few stores left in this strip Strand being the most famous. Alabaster Books has some decent used books and is a welcome reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the Strand which is just a block away.
PROS: Some decent collectible books
CONS: Not the stre's fault but they seem so small with the Strand so close
Academy Records & CDS is a haven for serious collectors of Jazz and Classical Music. They also have bins of Rock, Pop and Showtunes CD's but the main focus here is on Jazz and the Classics and they come through big time. Most of the merchandise is used but it is well organized and it's pretty easy to just browse through the bins until something jumps up at you. The staff has an uncanny knack of knowing if they have a certain CD in stock which works out great if you don't have time to browse. An excellent place to go to enhance your collection and I highly recommend taking a trip to see what they have in stock.
PROS: Excellent Selection
The Juilliard School Book Shop is an amazing place to shop. With over 30,000 titles in stock if you are looking for a score, Broadway Show or a piece of classical music you will probably be able to find it here. Located right inside Lincoln Center the store is attractive as well as part of a landmark building. The staff is wonderful and very helpful. Hum a few bars and there is a good chance they will be able to tell you what piece of music you are looking for and then be able to pull multiple versions of the piece in question. A top notch establishment that does the school proud.
PROS: World Class Inventory
CONS: Need To Start Opening Sundays
If you have read many of my other reviews you will be quick to realize I collect and enjoy old out of print books and paper ephemera. Ursus Books LTD are dealers in fine rare books and have quite a selection. They also carry a nice line of old prints most of which are crying out for purchase and framing. Some of the books are $25,000 - $100,000 real museum quality stuff. They do have less expensive items of course so if you are a collector of old books or prints or would like to start a collection you should pay Ursus Books a visit.
PROS: Museum Quality Items