The Book Nerd’s Guide to New York City


Ahhh Big City Bright Lights

Welcome to New York, the bookstores have been waiting for you. Bright lights, big city. New York City is the literary capital of the world––and we mean the good kind of capital, not The Hunger Games kind––and we can’t wait for you to visit the city we call home!

Below you will find an infographic that details the best bookstores to visit, best places to read, authors that live in The Big Apple and the quintessential YA books set NYC


The Strand (Union Square) – No “best bookstores of NYC” list is complete without including The Strand. This is THE bookstore of New York City with it’s famous claim of having over 18 miles in books. Before you head inside the store, spend a decent amount of time digging through their $1 carts outside because you’ll never know when you come across a true gem for only a buck!

Books of Wonder (Flatiron) – Only a couple of blocks north of The Strand is Books of Wonder. Without a doubt, this is the best children’s only bookstore in all of New York City! This is the mecca for all young adult book nerds (clearly that’s you if you’re reading this post)––they have almost every single YA book you could ever think of and so many of them are signed too! Stick around in the evenings, because there are usually events happening with all of the big names in YA!

McNally Jackson (Nolita) – This charming bookstore/coffee shop nestled in the heart of downtown Manhattan’s shopping district is the perfect place to stop for a scone and a new book while you’re out on a shopping spree! While their young adult section is on the smaller side, they have been increasing their number of YA events including trivia nights!

Housing Works (Soho) – If you love sifting through used paperbacks and hardcovers, then you should visit one of the Housing Works locations (we especially like the Soho one). Bonus points for this store because all proceeds go to help combat homelessness and AIDS/HIV. You can read more about that here!

Three Lives & Company (West Village) – When you think of a New York City bookstore you probably think of a place that is warm, snug, filled with books every where you look, little nooks and crannies to hunker down and read a few a pages, the perfect place to escape to when it rains on a fall day. Three Lives is such an idyllic bookstore, you absolutely must stop by this West Village haunt on your next visit to NYC!

Book Culture (Upper West Side) – As if pulled form a movie (shout out to the fave 90s rom/com “You’ve Got Mail”), Book Culture is the quintessential Upper West Side book destination.  The staff is well versed in all things bookish and always willing to offer recommendations (which to date, have proved 100% successful).

Word Bookstore (Greenpoint, Brooklyn) – Don’t be scared to bridge or tunnel it to Brooklyn, my book nerd friends, there are some amazing bookstore that await you in the outer boroughs! The staff at Word are so fun, easy to talk to and not condescending at all. They love books just as much as you do, even YA! Plus, they were cool enough to let us film some Book Nerd Problems videos there!

Book Court (Cobble Hill, Brooklyn) – Further south in Brooklyn you should stop by Book Court in Cobble Hill! This family-friendly, extremely adorable bookstore gets all of the points because it’s a dog-friendly bookstore! Come in for the 30% off the best-sellers, and stay for the cozy atmosphere!



Author: mccullum001

I'm a 27 year old, who really doesn't know what I want to do...I have the education, but nothing to show for it...Stay Tuned!!!

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