Three Lives & Co., Manhattan
Walk over to the West Village and sign away your afternoon: This shop is brimming with titles you’ve been dying to read and reads you didn’t realize you wanted. The love of books is good and alive at Three Lives, which will leave you wanting three lives to spend reading
2. powerHouse, DUMBO
This stunning bookstore-cum-arts space will tickle your aesthetic eye and satisfy your literary belly with a wide range of fiction books from major and indie presses alike, and art books galore. Having made a speedy and impressive recovery from the damage done by Hurricane Sandy, this shop stands just a stone’s throw from the beautiful DUMBO waterfront — the perfect spot to take your latest purchase, hunker down, and read.
3. The Bookery, Ithaca
This college town favorite is full of first editions, old library books, rare finds, vintage prints, AND affordable used books. Add comfortable seating to the mix and you’ve got a spot to spend hours in Ithaca. Gorgeous.
4. McNally Jackson, Manhattan
What we’d give to get locked into McNally Jackson on a winter’s night! This chic Manhattan bookshop is brimming with indie titles, art and literary journals, and readings galore. If you’ve got a favorite writer, chances are she’s read at McNally Jackson. Grab a book and a spot in the adjoining café for the perfect New York Sunday.
5. Housing Works Bookstore, Manhattan
What doesn’t Housing Works Bookstore do? Not only does this New York institution have a book selection to make any bibliophile weep, a café serving hearty mac and cheese alongside espresso and beer, and awesome literary events and parties nearly every week — it’s also all for a good cause. Profits from the bookstore go toward Housing Works’ mission: “To end the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS.” Book-loving with a cause? New York, we love you.