Freebird Books was established in 2004 by Samantha Citrin and Rachel London, and is now owned by local resident, Peter Miller. The shop is located on the Brooklyn waterfront near the docks and container port. Though the hours are limited to the weekend, Freebird still sponsors community-oriented events such as readings, book clubs, and workshops. It is a temporary home to Books Through Bars, a non-profit which works to provide quality reading material to prisoners nationwide.
Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop is New York’s only all poetry bookstore. They sell poetry books and chapbooks, celebrate art, creativity, performance, and the handmade, and are a partner to many small presses local to Brooklyn, around the country, and worldwide. The shop is a place to read, to hear poets read, to meet poets and readers, and to join a community.
The BookMark Shoppe was originally located in Dyker Heights before moving to the Bay Ridge neighborhood of Brooklyn. Owned and operated by Christine Freglette and Bina Valenzano, who have been friends since junior high school, this independent bookstore specializes in fiction, nonfiction, and children’s books. Next day orders are available at no extra charge.
PowerHouse Arena—a self-proclaimed laboratory for creative thought—is a gallery, boutique, bookstore, performance, and events space located in Brooklyn’s Dumbo neighborhood. The space is home to the art book publisher, powerHouse Books, and hosts book launch parties, readings and signings, and conversations for a host of voices in contemporary literature. The store carries a curated selection of design and photography books, along with a discriminating selection of nonfiction, lifestyle, illustrated, and New York-themed books.
Spoonbill & Sugartown, Booksellers was established in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg in 1999. The shop specializes in used, rare, and new books on contemporary art, architecture, and various design fields with an emphasis on imported or hard-to-find selections. Thousands of books are hand-picked for clientele from the eclectic collection of philosophy, literature, cinema, and children’s books.
Owners Rebecca Fitting and Jessica Stockton Bagnulo have a combined twenty-six years in the bookstore and publishing industry. In 2009, they opened Greenlight Bookstore in Fort Greene, Brooklyn with the support of the Fort Greene Association and a Community Lender Program. This independent bookstore carries a robust selection in a wide variety of genres, and has a full calendar of events for adults and children.
Westsider Rare and Used Books is located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and buys, sells, and trades rare and used books. The shop specializes in fiction and literature, modern first editions, art, illustrated books, graphic design, children's books, architecture, antiques and collectibles, and Asian and African American rock and roll LPs and CDs. Westsider was featured in the John Turturro film Fading Gigolo.
Shakespeare & Co. is an iconic Manhattan bookstore founded in 1983. The store is adjacent to the Hunter College campus and hosts book signings, readings, talks, and writing workshops.
The Lexington Avenue store also includes a high-quality café and the patented Espresso Book Machine technology, which can produce on-site bookstore-quality books in minutes from a catalog of over 7,000,000 in-copyright and public domain titles.
Located in Greenwich Village, Mercer Street Books and Records has been tracking down, buying, and selling interesting, esoteric, and weird books for over twenty years. They stock used, out-of-print, and new books in almost any subject, as well as LPs.
In 2009, Brian Leitgeb and his wife opened Mast Books on Avenue A in New York City’s East Village. The shop’s prices remain modest and affordable, and the collection of used books reflects Leitgeb’s personal taste—including literary fiction and poetry.