A Busman’s Holiday
Bookstores in N.Y.C.
BY PAIGE CRUTCHER
As Joe Fox told Kathleen Kelly in You’ve Got Mail,
it would be a shame to miss New York in the spring—
particularly New York City’s bookstores. Each store has its
own style and personality, which is reflected in the books
it carries and the art showcased on the walls. To choose among
the dozens of bookstores in the city, we asked several authors
and booksellers to be our guides.
For those coming into Grand Cen- tral Station or staying at the Grand Hyatt New York, this year’s ABA bookseller hotel, the best place to start is Posman
Books. Its Grand Central store carries a selection of 30,000 titles. It has two additional
stores, one in Rockefeller Center and the other
in Chelsea Market.
Near the Chelsea store is 11-year-old 192
Books, a general bookstore with new, rare, and
out-of-print titles, owned by husband-and-
wife team Jack Macrae (an editor at Henry
Holt) and Paula Cooper (a renowned gallery
owner). 192 Books has an especially strong se-
lection of art books and often displays works
by artists shown in Cooper’s gallery (the cur-
rent exhibition features photographs by Eliot
Porter). The bookstore is also one of three
small, carefully curated New York City favor-
ites of author and Parnassus Books co-owner
Ann Patchett. Her other picks are Crawford
Doyle Booksellers on the Upper East Side and
Three Lives & Company in Greenwich Vil-
“I love [them] all for the same reason,” says
Patchett ( This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage).
“They show that a great bookstore can be made
out of very few square feet if you have a bril-
liant buyer who really understands what his or
her customers want; a warm staff that makes
you feel welcome in their home—because go-
ing into a small store is very much like going
into someone’s small apartment; and a deeply
creative use of space so that the books are well
Three Lives is an Anne Rice favorite as well.
“I had some of the most memorable signings
there. Marvelous people. The crowds attending
had a distinct personality, like no other in Man-
For children’s books, visit one or both New
York City institutions, 44-year-old Bank
Street Books, part of Bank Street College, or
Bank Street Bookstore
2879 N. Broadway
75 Ninth Ave.
Books of Wonder
18 W. 18th St.
154 W. 10th St.
126 Crosby St.
136 Court St.
McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince St.
192 10th Ave.
NEW YORK CITY