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Indiebound Spotlight: Book Culture

Throughout May, we’ll spotlight different NYC indie bookstores on our blog. IBNYC booksellers will tell us about some favorite independent businesses located near their shops, so when you’re out browsing at the bookstores, you’ll have info on other Indiebound businesses to visit nearby. This is a guide for shoppers and a resource for booksellers from around the world who will be visiting NYC this month for Book Expo America.

bcBook Culture (Broadway at 112th St.) is located on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, officially situated in the heart of Morningside Heights, the home of Columbia University. The spacious store (formerly known at Labyrinth) has been serving the academic community of Columbia and Barnard for twelve years. It’s an excellent resource for scholarly texts in a wide variety of academic disciplines. They also stock new fiction and non-fiction, used and bargain books, remainders and special sections for children, cooking and travel titles.

Before or after browsing Book Culture’s vast collection, be sure to make a stop at the Hungarian Pastry Shop, located just one block east on Amsterdam. This coffee shop has been central to the literary and academic life of the neighborhood for many years. The same folks also operate the P&W Sandwich Shop right next door – order from either place and take advantage of their outside eating, directly across the street from St. John the Divine Church.

If you would rather eat on the go, walk a few blocks farther south on Amsterdam for cheap and delicious Bombay Frankie Roti Roll – Book Culture booksellers and Columbia students will all agree it’s worth a visit. From here, you can walk north on Amsterdam until you reach the main entrance to Columbia. Cross the campus back to Broadway and you’ve got two more indie bookstores within close reach – head south on Broadway to visit Bank Street Bookstore and Morningside Bookshop.

Up for a longer walk? Continue south on Broadway and follow the road as it curves to the left. You’ll pass Straus Park on your right (check out the Audrey Munson statue) and two more popular local businesses on your left, Absolute Bagels (in case you’re still hungry – voted best bagels in the city) and Bazaar de la Paz (full of wonderful fair trade gifts and home furnishings.) Finish up a visit to this part of town with a stroll along the paths of nearby Riverside Park.

Find all these independent businesses and IBNYC on Indiebound. Join today and add your favorite indie businesses!

These suggestions were submitted by Kelly Amabile, NYC indie bookseller and Indiebound member!


Written by ibnyc

May 5, 2009 at 10:32 am

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  1. You forgot to mention Silver Moon bakery on Broadway and 105th. Not be missed – one of the best bakeries, if not the best bakery, in NYC.


    May 7, 2009 at 10:37 pm

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