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Indiebound Spotlight: St. Mark’s Bookshop

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.

st.marksbookshopEstablished in 1977 in New York’s East Village, St. Mark’s Bookshop truly is “An independent store for independent minds.” They feature small press poetry and literature, cutting edge graphic design, cultural and critical theory titles. The neighborhood is home to NYU, Cooper Union and other arts & cultural organizations which offer theatre, dance performances and poetry readings. For shoppers, the neighborhood features antique clothing stores, small independent designer boutiques, import shops, antique stores and new & used record stores. Terry McCoy of St. Mark’s Bookshop sent along a list of some of their favorite East Village indie businesses:

Veniero’s: delicious Italian pastries and coffee — a landmark institution owned and operated by the Veniero family since 1894.

Bowery Poetry Club: great venue for literary readings, something to see every night of the week — with a full bar plus a cafe.

Tattoo Ink Shop: no visit to the East Village would be complete without at least a look at one of the many tattoo shops. This one has several talented artists and does piercings as well.

Life Cafe: neighborhood restaurant around since 1981, made famous as the setting for “Rent”.

Veselka Coffee Shop: great coffee shop that also serves Ukrainian food.

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

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Written by ibnyc

May 19, 2009 at 11:47 am

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