"NYC's Ultimate Bookstore" Strand Tip by SOLODANCER
Strand, New York City: 16 reviews and 10 photos
As our world is swiftly becoming gobbled up by all technologies and we humans transformed by them more and more into a form of mechanized new beings less patient, less attentive to tactile surfaces and sensations, we inevitably lose our passions for lesser things especially those that still carry old values deemed burdensome in weight and space and patience. One of those lesser things these days clearly would be books - actual and organic. It's a sad fact therefore to witness today the clear death knell and slow strangulation of paper-issued books into possible oblivion.
Tho this may appear to be the handwriting on the wall, there is at the same time a huge struggle to reverse its ill-effects and thus prevent its thorough and complete demise. Real book afficionados continue to buy and read books and actual bookstores and what remain of them persist (tho clearly diminishing daily in numbers) and eke out a survival.
In New York City alone most big time booksellers have long gone. One of those that go ahead proudly persists to honorably standout is the triumphant Strand Bookstore near Union Square. It's been around since 1927 and going strong now attracting die-hard paper book readers and those with change of heart from the cold and unfeeling electronic reader.
The Strand has this long-running slogan of "18 miles of new, used and rare books" which indeed backs up their incredible stock of all kinds and many many books. I love coming to Strand - which I do every weekend practically - to pick up another pocket-size reader usually a Penguin classic which by the way their books are sold mostly at half-price which is the perfect crowd-draw and pleaser. But the Strand is more than just a classic bookstore. they also sell gift items such as stationaries, travel accessories, gift cards and postcards, tote and messenger bags and even their own brand of wear. What is of great interest to many book lovers too is the fact that the Strand continues to be a full supporter of buying back old and used books of all kinds. But above all, the Strand is a great hangout for special kind obviously, a consoler of intellectual values, a retreat, a perfect refuge from a world well-hard wired and less-poetic.
Store hours: Mon-Sat 9:30A-10:30P
Address: 828 Broadway (at 12th street)
Directions: Take the N, R, 4, 5, 6, L train to Union Square. Walk two blocks South to 12th street.
Phone: (212) 473-1452
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