Independent book stores are still lending vibrancy to New York’s neighborhoods. Our map shows some of the most unique places where books – new and used – play a role in the community.

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Albertine - Albertine offers the largest selection of French-language literature in the United States, with more than 14,000 titles from 30 French-speaking countries. (Timeout NY)
Argosy Book Store - Browse six floors containing walls and shelves full of thousands of rare, out-of-print, and used books. (Vogue)
Assouline - Along with limited edition prints, candles, and vintage objects, the shop contains massive coffee table books on everything from Ibiza to Dior. (Vogue)
Bluestockings - True to its maxim, “98% Activism, 2% Glitter,” Bluestockings is a volunteer-run, collectively owned bookstore, powered entirely by women. (Trillist)

(Photo: Bluestockings)
Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks - The East Village store, founded in 1997, is the place for chefs, gourmands and amateur home cooks to find literary inspiration. (Timeout NY)
Book Thug Nation- A culmination of four different book street vendors finally coming together under one roof, not only is the store delightfully named, but BTN also hosts regular events, including film screenings, readings, and lectures. (Dazed)
Book-Off - This used bookstore in Midtown is the NYC outlet of a Japanese chain, and the discounts are particularly deep—check out the selection of $1 books. (Timeout NY)
Books Are Magic- When author and Brooklyn resident Emma Straub learned that Cobble Hill book store mainstay BookCourt would be closing its doors, she decided to fill the void with her own venture. (Vogue)
Community Bookstore - This Park Slope bookstore has been around since 1971, and it just rocks. It's fun to peruse, it has a good selection, and the staff is great. (Timeout NY)
Dashwood Books - Keep an eye out for their rich oeuvre of photography books from global names. (Dazed)
Every Thing Goes Book Cafe and Neighborhood Stage - A literary oasis in the 5th Borough, Every Thing Goes Book Café and Neighborhood Stage is Staten Island's largest independent bookstore. (Timeout NY)


(Photo: Everything Goes)
Greenlight Books - Opened in 2009, this Brooklyn indie has quickly become a favorite of Fort Greene locals—including neighborhood authors like Colson Whitehead. (Timeout NY)
McNally Jackson - All of the literature in the dual-floored book depot is organized by country, and the shop’s entryway is lined with travel zines and journals, several of which are self-published. (Thrillist)


(Photo: @mcnallyjackson/Instagram)
Mysterious Bookshop - “Nobody shoplifts from a store that knows 3,214 ways to murder someone,” a sign at the Mysterious Bookshop in TriBeCa warns. But if the country’s oldest independent purveyor of mystery literature gets the ax, its owner will know why: money. (New York Times)
The Astoria Bookshop - The tiny storefront curates its collection based on local demand, for the time being, that’s largely contemporary fiction. (Thrillist)
The powerHouse Arena - Dumbo darling powerHouse publishes its own coveted photo books, but the company's loftlike space and gallery sells everything from cheeky birthday cards to the hottest memoirs. (Timeout NY)


(Photo: Powerhouse Arena)
The Strand - For the better part of a century, the Strand has gifted book-loving New Yorkers with a haven of sorts, boasting stacks upon stacks of used, rare, and new literary finds. (Gothamist)
Three Lives & Company - Named for a Gertrude Stein novel, the red-brick corner bookstore is every bit as humble and austere as it was at its founding in 1968. (Thrillist)
Unnameable Books - If you’re on the hunt for bargain tomes, hit up the selection of used books, many of which can be found on carts outside the store for as little as $1. (Timeout NY)


(Photo: nycbone/Flickr)
Word Books - This lovely little bookstore's been gracing Greenpoint with the written word since 2007, offering a sharply curated collection within cozy stacks. (Gothamist)

(Main photo: Franklin Heijnen; Photos in the table are courtesy of the respective stores’ websites.)

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