"Beatnik Bookstore" Chinatown Tip by Rixie
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The historic City Lights Bookstore in North Beach, San Francisco's Italian district, is over 50 years old and still operating. The first all-paperback bookstore in the United States, it was once the hangout for Beat-era poets and writers like Lawrence Ferlinghetti (a co-founder of the store), Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and Neal Cassady. It now takes up three floors and sells hardcover and paperback books on a variety of subjects.
Stop and buy a copy of Ginsberg's Howl, which was confiscated in the 1950s as obscene material, or browse through the latest cutting-edge literature.
Address: 261 Columbus Avenue
Directions: Look for the triangular building on Columbus between Broadway and Jack Kerouac Alley
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