Expat Experiences, New York, Uncategorized

The Strand Bookstore

Strand Sense

So, if you like to read, you have to visit The Strand when you are in NYC.

Located in the East Village, just a couple of blocks from Union Square, it’s one of the biggest book shops in the city – possibly even the largest independent book seller in the area.  Their tagline is ’18 miles of books’ and once you’ve spent some time in the store, it feels true.

The Strand Bookstore

Lovely old books

High shelves of kids books

Emma can lose herself here for ages

History

The Strand was founded by Benjamin Brass in 1927 in a different location and his son, Fred, moved the shop in 1956 to their current location.  The store is now owned by Benjamin’s granddaughter, Nancy, and has more than 200 employees.  It’s a very friendly place 🙂

Stop and Browse

The store stretches over three and a half floors and is absolutely packed to the brim with books new, old and very old.  That means you can buy new books at full price, second hand books at a discount and very old, rare books at an appropriate sum.

They also sell new releases on offer occasionally, a seemingly rare practice in the US (at least, so I’ve found so far – I really miss bookshops, especially second hand ones, in the UK).  Pleasingly, they have a great children’s department.

Lots for the little kids to look at too

Kids department

Great kids department

The store is also a great place to pick up small gifts, touristy or general.  There’s a huge choice ranging from badges and stickers to bags, socks, bookmarks, stationary and so much more.  So far I haven’t been thrown out for taking too long to wander around or loitering – a good sign 😉

Gifts for sale

Gifts for sale

Gifts for sale

Huge selection of gifts for sale on the ground floor

Sadly, no cafe but there are bathrooms (if you can figure out the coded floor guide to find them) and you can stop to refuel at a nearby Starbucks of the excellent Max Brenner chocolate cafe / restaurant.  I recommend the waffle fries wholeheartedly!

Here’s just a bunch of photos I took so you can see the selection on offer.  Enjoy your visit!

Extra photos of the shop and the cool things you can find:

Gifts for sale

Gifts for sale

Gifts for sale

Gifts for sale

Gifts for sale

Gifts for sale

Gifts for sale

Gifts for sale

Gifts for sale

Gifts for sale

Gifts for sale

Gifts for sale

Gifts for sale

Gifts for sale

Gifts for sale

 

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