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1313 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10128, United States

If the diminutive storefront with its gilded signage, flowerpots, and tin ceiling recalls an earlier era, so does the spirit of this indie bookstore, which has inspired neighborhood loyalty since 1978. It offers free gift-wrapping and house accounts and hosts readings by local writers—even an open house each Christmas Eve. A central kids’ nook has a stool and easy-to-reach shelves, while surrounding built-ins stock classics, art, and travel books, as well as bestsellers. Browse, or let the brainiac on duty select your next read; what other bookstore proudly lists staff bios on its website?

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If the diminutive storefront with its gilded signage, flowerpots, and tin ceiling recalls an earlier era, so does the spirit of this indie bookstore, which has inspired neighborhood loyalty since 1978. It offers free gift-wrapping and house accounts and hosts readings by local writers—even an open house each Christmas Eve. A central kids’ nook has a stool and easy-to-reach shelves, while surrounding built-ins stock classics, art, and travel books, as well as bestsellers. Browse, or let the brainiac on duty select your next read; what other bookstore proudly lists staff bios on its website?