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The 12 best specialty bookshops in NYC

By Rebecca Fishbein, Tue, January 9, 2018

Albertine book store, via Wiki Commons

Independent bookstores are still going strong in NYC, with standouts like BookCulture, WORD Bookstore, McNally Jackson, and, of course, The Strand Bookstore, continuing to provide literary New Yorkers with the written word despite the specter of Amazon. But while the aforementioned shops are great places to find new and used literature, if you’re looking for a more curated collection, look no further than some of the city’s finest specialty bookstores, where mystery fiends, activists, artists, Francophiles, and others can find works tailored to their interests, as well as rub shoulders with like-minded readers. Here are some of our favorites.

NYC’s 12 best specialty bookshops

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NYC e-Carriage, Central Park horses
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  • The battery-powered e-Carriage that may replace the Central Park horses is roaming the streets…and you don’t have to pick up after it. Check it out on Daily Intelligencer.
  • J’adore les librairies! You love bookstores? You speak French? Visit Albertine, New York’s only French bookstore, inside the French Embassy. More on Cool Hunting.
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Images: e-Carriage, via Joel M. Bhuiyan for Daily Intelligencer (L); Baby DJ, via [(O)] Photography via photopin cc

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