Where to Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day in New York City

Where to Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day in New York City

This Saturday, independent bookstores around the country will open their doors (and stacks) in celebration of Independent Bookstore Day. Now in its fifth year, the annual event, built on the premise that independent bookstores are community centers, encourages readers to make the trek to a local shop. And while the activities will differ at every store that participates, readers can expect a day packed full of special programming, talks and treats.

“In a world of tweets and algorithms and pageless digital downloads, bookstores are not a dying anachronism,” reads the Independent Bookstore Day site. “They are living, breathing organisms that continue to grow and expand. In fact, there are more of them this year than there were last year. And they are at your service.”

This year, 17 bookstores will officially be participating in New York City, which has endured its share of tumultuous close-calls, shutterings and openings (Shakespeare and Co. made a valiant return to the Upper West Side and this Saturday, The Lit. Bar — the only bookstore in the Bronx — will have its debut).

We’ve gathered up a list of stores joining in on the celebration in NYC below.


Word Up Community Bookshop/ Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave.
New York, NY 10032

Book Culture
536 W. 112th St.
New York, NY 10025

Books of Wonder (W. 84th)
217 W. 84th St.
New York, NY 10024

Book Culture On Columbus
450 Columbus Ave.
New York, NY 10024

Books of Wonder (W. 18th St.)
18 W. 18th St.
New York, NY 100114607

Forbidden Planet New York
832 Broadway
New York, NY 10003

172 Allen St.
New York, NY 10002


Boogie Down Books
Pop-Up Shop @ Mottley Kitchen
402 E. 140 St.
Bronx, NY 10454


Word Brooklyn
126 Franklin St.
Brooklyn, NY 11222

Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton St.
Brooklyn, NY 11217

458 Bergen St.
Brooklyn, NY 112172474

Books Are Magic
225 Smith St.
Brooklyn, NY 11231

Community Bookstore
143 7th Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Greenlight Bookstore
632 Flatbush Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11225


Astoria Bookshop
3129 31st St.
Astoria, NY 11106

Book Culture
2609 Jackson Ave.
Long Island City, NY 11101

Kew & Willow Books
8163 Lefferts Blvd.
Kew Gardens, NY 11415

Top Image: Bookshelves.