31 3rd Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1000340.730267 -73.988987
Neighborhoods: Downtown, East Village
What some people consider the best independent bookstore in the city features an incredible collection of experimental fiction, amazing art books, magazines no one has ever heard of -- and a landlord that might kick them out any day.
This East Village bookstore has evaded the gods of bookstore destruction thus far by providing liberal and radical literature and magazines to a loyal clientele. From liberal women's magazines to Marxist literature to pop cultural commentary to literature and more mainstream affairs, St. Marks Bookshop covers the East Village bases well.
Great their selections! I certainly love to recommend this place to my fellow bookworms out there, and be part of a great place and community of art lovers.
I discovered this place a while back and been going here for a year now. I still love the variety of genre that they sell here. This will be my gateway to more reading.
BookWorm – The St Mark's Bookshop is a great escape from the conventional Barnes&Noble and border's stores. This Shop in Downtown Manhattan has been around for more than 30 years and has a more sophisticated feel to it. You will find a great variety of books and many eccentric writings. You will find many works that the major bookstores do no offer.
A few shelves are packed with books about art and many poetic writings. They have a great selection of fiction and non-fiction books as well as journals and periodicals for research.
Love It! – I think of St. Marks Bookshop as one of the more intellectual and artsy bookstores in town. It's been around for more than 30 years for lots of good reasons. The first has got to be their distinguished collection of books and both national and international journals and periodicals. If you're looking for indie fiction and nonfiction (including poetry), this is your go-to spot. Same if you're looking for outstanding books and periodicals on women's studies, film studies and graphic design. Best sellers are not their forte, although you can find them if that's really what you're looking for.
I'm sure a second reason for the success of this shop is the knowledgeable staff and helpful layout of the store. If you're looking for something specific it won't be hard to find. If they haven't got what you're looking for, they'll of course order it.
Third reason: great hours, they're open until midnight every day of the week. Related to this, a fourth reason: it's a great place to spend part or even all of an evening, especially if you're not into the bar or club scene. You can enjoy excellent browsing for a good hour or two, certainly. And you'll always find very interesting people in the shop with you. People are generally there for the same reason you are, so commonality of interest is a plus.They're smart, like you are. And you'll always meet at least a "character" or two every time you go there. Not that St. Marks Bookshop is a meat market or chat room, mind you. It's simply that in addition to great books and magazines, you'll find great people! Definitely worth the trip even if you're not otherwise in the area.
If your ex walked off with your only copy of Lacan's "Ecrits," there's only one place to go. – One of the best-designed bookstores in the city, St. Mark's also gets points for knowing its clientele: Cooper Union and NYU students, plus those odd creatures who, years out of college, are still really into Derrida. St. Mark's is a downtown institution, with plenty of books and journals on literary criticism, art theory, philosophy and film. These are also the same books that eventually make it to the sale table, as opposed to the straight-to-remainder-shelf shlock passing for bargains at Barnes & Noble.
Saved my life – My professor has a fondness for choosing the most obscure books known to man and then expecting us to find them in short periods of time. I had been unable to buy Eva Hoffman's Lost in Translation online. I was really surprised (not to mention panicked) when I realized this morning that I'm supposed to have the book read for tomorrow's class. After calling every Barnes and Noble in the city, not to mention the Strand, Strand Annex, Three Lives..the list goes on..I was giving up hope. And then St. Marks had it. AND, to top it all off, they're open until midnight, which is great because I have work until ten. Friendly service, as well.
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