The Strand Bookstore, New York City

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  • It is one of the libraries most oldest in NY, dates back to 1927 and also boast have "18 miles of books". It is a must-see for all lovers of the books. They are 4 floors full of books, there are new and used, and in the basement you can find rare editions and a wide array of vinyl sector. In addition to the books, it is a great option to buy souvenirs and gifts of all kinds. It is located near Union Square and are open until 10:30 o'clock.
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  • A book lovers dream. Wear ur walking shoes. Book heaven. A must see and not to be missed experience. Books for every person, age and interest b  more »
  • The Strand says it has 18 miles of books. I lost count, and my feet hurt. If you love books, then come here with your walking shoes and pocketbook. You will need both.  more »
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  • Books, books and more books! A busy store that has a great atmosphere. There mix of old and new books is wonderful as it was relatively easy to find out-of-print books because they were intermingled with those currently in print. The science section was very good; I was impressed as this section is typically overlooked in many bookstores. A large art, photography and fashion selection ranging from look books to critical analyses. Also a nice selection of bibliophile and pop-culture t-shirts, socks, pens, pins, etc.
  • A real gem, a sparkling jewel of a book store here in N.Y.. Acres and acres and still more acres of books on all topics and interests. Mostly gently used, a few brand new at discounted prices. I've been a customer here since the 70s. The store has just gotten bigger and bigger. If you love books you have to love Strand.
  • Pros - They have an expansive variety of books including an excellent selection of philosophy and current events titles (if that's your thing). They hold a lot of live events. The basement level is usually not crowded and feels like the set of a 90s indie movie. There are like 3 coffee places on the next block to read your pile of books. Much cheap good fiction, cheaper than Kindle and you don't have to wait for Prime. The line moves fast. The employees are friendly and have a union. Cons- The top floor is very crowded frequently, especially on weekends. The basement gets kind of hot in the summer. The science/math section is small. You can't help but accidentally bump into other dorks in the math/science section. I spent a quarter of a paycheck here once.
  • Not going to lie to you - Didn't have a clue about the Strand before my wife (Meredith T. - her review is on 2/19/2017) told me about it. Without a doubt, for the literati, this place has a good chance of satisfying their quest for that perfect book. Me? - Well - I noticed they had lollipops for sale towards the front, and they were good. Pretty good, even. ;) Chances are you really don't need me to tell you about this place - can't imagine why you're even reading this, frankly. Do you want a world-class bookstore or not? - If you do - then you likely already know Strand's reputation far precedes itself. That said, do check out some of my other diatribes. I promise I know what I'm talking about in many of them! Bottom line: Literate? - Unsure of how ISBN searches work online? - Want immediate satisfaction of walking out with "that special tome" that you couldn't find in any other brick-n-mortar?- Well then, this is your place!
  • Great store. They are huge, and I love going here. That said, they don't have everything, on my last visit I asked about a new book released a week before, Squirrel Girl 2 Fuzzy 2 Furious (which is a prose novel, not a graphic), and they looked it up and didn't have it. I went to the comic shop two doors down, and they had it. Anyway, high praise in general.

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