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Indiebound Spotlight: Three Lives & Co.

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.

threelivesToday’s roundup of local businesses comes from Toby Cox, owner of Three Lives & Co., a wonderful indie bookstore in the heart of Greenwich Village. Three Lives is a magical corner bookshop, with a superb collection of the latest and greatest books. Known for their cozy atmosphere, excellent customer service and knack for recommending great literary picks, Three Lives is a must-visit for book lovers.

Next time you’re in the Village, be sure to stop by his shop. And why not make a day of it? Toby’s list of other local businesses in the area could keep you busy for hours (and quite full by day’s end!) Here are his suggestions for places to visit hear his shop:

Coffee & Take-Out:

Jack’s Stir Brew: A good cup of coffee and a great local hang – just mind the groove in the sidewalk from our repeated trips down the block. Lots of bookseller back and forth between Jack’s and Three Lives!

Lassi: Mostly take-out, so grab some delicious Indian food and head over to Washington Square Park and enjoy good food and great people watching.

Tiam: The best falafel in the Village; call ahead for pick-up, the lines form early and long at lunch time.

The Original Sandwich Shoppe: You want lunch, you want a sandwich, right? Head over to the Sandwich Shoppe for their trademark fresh roasted turkey sandwich.

Dining Out:

Le Gigot: My favorite restaurant in the neighborhood, a fabulous French menu delivers outstanding food, warm, professional service, and a charming side-street dining experience.

Mary’s Fish Camp: Get a lobster roll sandwich or a bucket of steamers and you’ll think you’re at a beach-side clambake.

Westville: A diner but so much more, always lots of fresh vegetables on the market menu. May I suggest the Rocket Shake, however — a vanilla shake with a shot of espresso. Go!

Cafe Condesa: A nice, friendly cafe with a light menu for a relaxed meal anytime — breakfast straight through to a late dinner.


Tonnies Cupcakes: Yummy cupcakes, get a half dozen of the minis — a knock out!

Li-Lac Chocolates: This is the downtown chocolatier in business since 1923, absolutely delicious and lines out the door and down the block every Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day.

Other Treats and Treasures:

Lori McLean: For a shopping retreat, visit this great little jewelry shop featuring independent artists.

Bigelow: One of the oldest apothecaries in the country, a beautiful double-height space filled with goodies.

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


Written by ibnyc

May 14, 2009 at 3:48 pm

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  1. PS: Don’t forget to visit Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks, just across the street from Three Lives. All the businesses suggested by Toby can be found on this map, along with other indie bookstores in the neighborhood:


    May 14, 2009 at 4:02 pm

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