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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- Check out this Harlem brownstone where a teacher and a perfumer live. [Design Sponge]
- To get these amazing aerial photographs of NYC, the artist hung out of a helicopter flying at 7,500 feet. [Gizmodo]
- Good news for independent book stores; Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks will reopen in an East Village rowhouse. [Jeremiah’s Vanishing NY]
- In preparation for its big move to the High Line, the Whitney Museum expanded its online database from 700 to 21,000 works. [Hyperallergic]
- Mohammed is the most common New York taxi driver name. [CityLab]
Images: Aerial photo via Vincent Laforet (L); Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks via Jae-eun Chung (R)
- Here are 21 secrets about Brooklyn. From a taxidermy museum to where to find a piece of Plymouth Rock. [Thrillist]
- Bonnie Slotnick talks about losing the lease for her beloved rare and vintage cookbook store in the Village. [Grub Street]
- Ikea is bringing back its midcentury furniture. [Fast Co. Design]
- Flatiron Plaza will be illuminated by twinkling walls of LED lights and mirrors. The art installation is called New York Light. [DNAinfo]
- Tour a Buddhist monk’s West Village home. [The Cut]
Images: Brooklyn Bridge (L); New York Light via INABA (R)
- SantaCon’s drunken debauchery is abandoning its traditional East Village route and heading to Bushwick. [Bushwick Daily]
- All those backpack wearers and “man spreaders” are going to get a public shaming when the MTA rolls out its subway etiquette awareness campaign in January. [am NY]
- Explore the “poison cauldron” of Newtown Creek in photos. [Gothamist]
- After 15 years in the West Village, Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks is losing its space. [Vanishing NY]
- Well, this is convenient. An aerospace engineer developed a carry-on suitcase that charges your smart phone, tracks the luggage’s location, and has a built-in digital scale. [Phys.org]
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Amongst the endlessly expanding restaurant options in Greenwich Village, there is another culinary experience cooking on West Tenth Street. Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks is devoted to out-of-print cookbooks of all shapes, sizes, and cuisines. And while Bonnie isn’t offering the latest cronut-esque obsession, she provides New Yorkers, and customers all over the world via the internet, something much more special–a chance to leaf through bygone cooking eras and own a piece of culinary history.
Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks has been a go-to location for out-of-print books since opening in 1997 in a Village basement, when perusing the stock was by appointment only. In the current location, shelves are brimming with books from all over the world that date as far back as the 18th century. Bonnie was even called upon to provide cookbooks for the film Julie & Julia starring Meryl Streep as Julia Child.
6sqft recently stopped by to speak with Bonnie about the world of out-of-print cookbooks and what it means to live and work in Greenwich Village.
Read our full interview with Bonnie