59 E 7TH St, New York, NY | Directions 1000340.727706 -73.987245
Neighborhoods: Downtown, East Village
Literary Oddities! – I couldn't find this place last time I was in New York as I COULDN'T REMEMBER ITS NAME! I looked in the back of "Maximum Rock N Roll" and found GG Allins brothers phone #. I called him and he told me the name and where it was! This place doesn't have as much hand printed zines or hand printed comics as I had wished for but they do have ALOT of specialty magazines that I have never seen anywhere else. However, any one interested in small press or literary oddities should definitely go and check this store out. This place is up the with Quimbys and Reading Frenzy for sure and is one of the little treasures in New York City.
Fanzine central for East Villagers of every cultural persuasion. – The Scene
You may be intimidated upon first walking in here if you're not secure in your indie cred: Comics and zines line the claustrophobia-inducing chartreuse walls while band flyers paper the doorway. A friendly smile from the heavily pierced staff and a quick glance at some titles, however, lets you know that anyone with freakishly obsessive interests is welcome.
Along with staples like "Maximum Rock 'n' Roll" and R. Crumb's cartoons, you'll find all manner of pamphlets and publications, including such oddities as "Fresh Cow Pie" (published by a North Dakota tractor driver), "Apocalypse Playground" (a goth lit-mag), and the self-explanatory fanzine "Garlands for Judy." If you're overwhelmed by the breadth of periodical-worthy topics, seek refuge in the shelf of music history and criticism.
Alternative Readings – Personally, I have a hard time perceiving the Village Voice as the alternative press nowadays. If I'm looking for voices outside the mainstream, See Hear is the preferred place to go. The closest you'll get to the mainstream here is the stoner mag "High Times" or the RE/Search books like "Modern Pagans." Aside from Reading Frenzy, a great 'zine store in Portland, Oregon, I don't think See Hear has much competition in terms of providing shelf-space for rebellious ideologies. Lovers of materialism ("Beer Frame"), punk rock ("Jersey Beat") and contemporary goth lit ("Apocalypse Playground") may papercut themselves with enthusiasm.
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