Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Strand Bookstore, NYC - eight miles of books: banned and rare, new and used

Strand Bookstore
828 Broadway (at 12th Street)
New York City (Greenwich Village)
Monday-Saturday: 9:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
Rare book room closes daily at 6:15

By Jane Feehan

Named after the famous publishing street in London, the Strand bookstore, opened in 1927, is the sole survivor of New York City’s Book Row that once stretched from Union Square to Astor Place. For bibliophiles, it’s a required stop when visiting the city.

The Strand, without comfy seating or cafĂ©, is no Barnes and Noble but there is no time to sit with so much to see on its three floors. They boast eight miles of books, new, used and rare: vintage pulp and banned books, out- of-print tomes and New York Times notables.  Used and new sit side-by-side in stacks or on tables throughout. Plenty of staffers are available to guide visitors through rows of shelves or to check inventory on computers. Music on CDs can also be found here.

The Strand’s rare book room is museum worthy with its collection of gold-embossed, leather-bound books from around the globe- some locked behind glass with price tags in the thousands of dollars. Dealers can also find signed first editions in this room.

Dealers and avid readers sell their books at The Strand, patrons make it a one-stop-shop for gifts (lots of items other than books), and casual readers mix with devotees of the written word visiting for a few hours of pleasant distraction.  It’s fantastic. Hail, hail the independent bookstore.

The Strand also sells books online and at a kiosk in Central Park at 60th  Street and Fifth Avenue.
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