This hidden treasure is one of my more frequent haunts, probably because it’s just around the corner from work. Located on Mercer Street in Greenwich Village this used bookstore offers a large wall of fictions at great prices to browse. While they mainly carry classics and literary fiction you can find a few shelves of other genres such as music/art, biographies, mysteries, contemporary and of course vinyls. The $1-2 cart outside makes it almost impossible to leave without buying at least 1 book. While you may not find the specific new release you were looking for, the charmingly messy stacks and shelves of haphazardly stacked books often yield surprising treasures to the attentive browser. Past finds include works from Naguib Mahfouz and Daphne du Maurier and an impeccable copy of Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan and Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke.
|Mercer Street Books and Records|
Bonus: There is a great deli place next door and Washington Square Park is just a stone’s throw away so you can enjoy reading your new found spoils in the park.