The Strand Bookstore, New York City

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Find new, used, rare, and out-of-print books at The Strand Bookstore. Every bookworm's treasure trove, this independent bookstore dates back to 1927, when Benjamin Bass, an immigrant from Lithuania, opened the business. In addition to books, the store sells DVDs, CDs, vinyl records, and trendy souvenirs, from alphabet socks to book cart key chains. By using our New York City trip itinerary website, you can arrange your visit to The Strand Bookstore and other attractions in New York City.
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  • This was not my first visit and will not be my last. I always find a book or 2 or 3. And when I am looking for something specific, such as this last visit, the employees are very helpful.  more »
  • It has a lot of books, that is true. Other than that, I don’t see what the big deal is. And I have been to a lot of famous bookstores. It is probably worth a trip if you’re in the neighborhood, but...  more »
  • Four floors of books to get lost in. If you want to find something in particular there are desks and cashiers on each floor to help you - they're fairly good at locating precisely where something is. The variety lends itself to finding excellent out-of-print books on all manner of subjects. They often have guest speakers on the fourth floor (Rare Books), those are events you really don't want to miss.
  • This place never fails to inspire or delight. Such hidden treasures here. It also very classic New York. I've bought so many books here over the years. New and used. Once I bought a used copy of Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's and discovered a handwritten post-it note inside that made me smile. I've also sold a good few books here and was very impressed by the efficiency of that process.

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