What would a list of indie bookstores in NYC be without the Strand? Like a subway car with no shoving or a bagel without lox, it just wouldn’t feel authentically NYC, that’s what. This multi-story behemoth located on Broadway in Greenwich Village is a NYC icon and a must visit for tourists and natives alike. Founded in 1927, the Strand carries over 2.5 million used, new, and rare books, covering topics as far-ranging as occult to philosophy to finance. The store also offers an ever-changing array of literary gifts and goods from Moleskines to coffee mugs, and everything in-between. Really, we mean everything in-between, from a Shakespeare insult mug to the wildly popular Strand onesie.
With everything from a rare-book room to the famous $1 carts outside, the Strand is one of the most diverse bookstore around. They also host several events featuring established, famous and controversial writers and literary figures.
The most notable thing about the Strand however (apart from it’s sheer size) is that this is truly a place for and staffed by book lovers. Everyone there is approachable, knowledgeable, and totally non-judgemental when you walk out with 6 books when you only meant to get 1.
Bonus: Tote bags and other swag that you can show off to your friend. I myself have bought enough snarky bookish magnets to cover my fridge.