Along with a vast number of libraries and museums, New York City is know for its wealth of bookstores. The following physical bookstores in NYC as well as online bookstores are selected or recommended from some reliable online articles, including VOGUE Magazine, amNY.com, Time Out and CBS New York. The information of those bookstores is based on their official websites. Click on "more" for store's location, opening hours and contact information.
According to Stephanie Geier, during 1890s to 1960s, 4th Avenue between Union Square and Astor Place where was dominated by secondhand bookstores and was called "Book Row." However, these bookstores either relocated or closed by the 1960s due to the rising rent prises in the 1950s and the rise of large retail bookstores. This article contains a lively narrative with various resources and external links, such as plenty of historical pictures from New York Public Library Digital Collections and New York Historical Society as well as some recommended books, provides readers an overall perception of the history of New York City’s book raw. To see the whole story here (4th Avenue: The History of NYC's Lost "Book Row"). More information below.