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Visit NYC Indie Bookstores & Other Indie Businesses!

ib-logoHere’s a summary of this month’s Indiebound Spotlights – Booksellers at these eight indie bookstores around Manhattan and Brooklyn have each provided a handy list of favorite independent businesses located near their bookshops. Next time you head out to buy books, consider visiting some of these other great local businesses.

Be sure to click on each bookstore name to see the full list:

Brooklyn:

BookCourt: check out jewlery at NCH Studio, clothes at Rapisarda and the grocery goldmine at Sahadi’s.

Freebird Books: enjoy the relaxed vibe at Alma and Sugar Lounge and visit galleries like Brooklyn Collective.

Powerhouse Arena: check out the music at Halcyon and the food at Foragers Market.

WORD: grab some donuts at Peter Pan, vinyl at Permanent Records and beer at The Diamond.

Manhattan:

Book Culture: visit the Hungarian Coffee Shop, Roti Roll and Absolute bagels too.

McNally Jackson: pick up a bottle at Wine Therapy and grab a good meal at The Kitchen Club.

St. Mark’s Bookshop: have a pastry at Veniero’s, coffee at Veselka and get a tattoo at the Ink Shop!

Three Lives & Co.: try some coffee at Jack’s, cupcakes at Tonnies and chocolate at Li-Lac.

Thanks for your support of indie bookstores and the other great independent shops in their neighborhoods!

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May 20, 2009 at 1:19 pm

Indiebound Spotlight: BookCourt

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.

store-1Today’s Indiebound Spotlight shines on BookCourt in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn — a great independent, family-owned bookstore with over 50,000 titles in a wide variety of categories. Located in a convenient central location on Court Street (where they have been since they opened in 1981), the shop hosts numerous author events in its spacious and stylish new expanded space (shown in this photo.)

One of BookCourt’s owners, Mary Gannett, has shared this handy list of indie businesses located near the store that are favorites of their bookseller staff:

Two For the Pot – incredible coffee/tea selection for home brewing, plus all the necessary accessories. Been there since 1973!

NCH Studio – fine gift shop, but the jewelry selection is the best. Especially Laura Frank’s collection – she’s the daughter of the owners & has her own line.

Rapisarda – perfect pick-me-up place! Fun, clever & incredibly reasonable jewelry, plus nice selection of leather bags & wallets.

Sahadi’s – people come from all over the city to shop here. Bins of nuts, grains, olives, are very inviting. Specializes in Middle Eastern food.

Bar Tabac – our go-to spot for lunch, dinner, late night drink. Fun French bistro that has live music & great burgers.

Pacific Green – our corner fruit & vegetable/deli/cheese shop. We couldn’t get through the day without them!

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May 20, 2009 at 12:41 pm

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.

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May 19, 2009 at 11:47 am

Indiebound Spotlight: Freebird Books & Goods

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.

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Today’s spotlight comes to us from Peter Miller, owner of Freebird Books in Brooklyn:

The neighborhood where Freebird Books resides is easily located but difficult to label. South of Atlantic Avenue and north of the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel, it is tucked between water and highway. Often confused with the better defined enclaves of Red Hook, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn Heights, and Carroll Gardens, the waterfront along Columbia Street (please don’t call it the “Columbia Street Waterfront” or you will be roundly abused) is its own unnameable thing.

Freebird Books, which was opened in 2004 by Samantha Citrin and Rachel London, was part of a wave of small businesses that have brought back commerce to this stretch of the waterfront. Here are a list of my recommended stops:

Food and drink:

Pit Stop Restaurant, next door to Freebird, is a French bistro with a Grand Prix theme and an open attitude towards parents with kids in tow. Their backyard and petanque courts are lively, especially on the weekend during brunch (my favorite time to go).

Sugar Lounge, a little farther down Columbia Street, is a bar and restaurant also sporting a backyard and also serving French cuisine. I usually end up here on Thursday and Sunday evenings after the store’s closing, when Kerry Hinton tends bar and plays music from his impressive, and inexhaustible, record collection.

Alma Restaurant, and the B61 bar below, is perhaps the best known landmark in the neighborhood and their views of the NY skyline from the corner of Columbia and Degraw streets cannot be beat.

Kotobuki, a Japanese restaurant across Columbia from Alma, is a personal favorite where I have downed more sake than is probably healthy.

Mazzat Restaurant is a superb Middle Eastern and Mediterranean restaurant with excellent appetizers in addition to the main courses. The falafel is pretty fantastic as well as some of the off the menu items like basterma and Brussel sprouts.

Shops and galleries:

The Brooklyn Collective is a gallery selling the unique work of artisans and designers, sharing space with the vintage furniture store, General Nightmare.

The Work Gallery, who we often collaborate with, exhibits contemporary art out of their small red shack. Their location at the dockside end of Union Street and Van Brunt marks the beginnings of Red Hook.

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May 18, 2009 at 3:13 am

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.

Dessert:

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.

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May 14, 2009 at 3:48 pm

Indiebound Spotlight: WORD

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.

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Today’s Indiebound Spotlight is WORD, an independent bookstore located on the corner of Franklin and Milton Streets in the historic district of Greenpoint, Brooklyn. WORD features a wide variety of new books: literary fiction, non-fiction, gift books and kids’ books. They also carry a large selection of stationery, boxed notecards and journals. WORD has a robust events schedule, provides personal service and places special orders twice a week, and has a new summer basketball league for book lovers!

The ladies that lead WORD pulled together a lengthy list of Greenpoint indie businesses that they love:

From WORD owner Christine:

Permanent Records: New and used cds and vinyl, a classic record shop that makes you want to browse forever.

Greenpoint Coffee House: Relaxed vibe, great food, our neighborhood “Cheers” spot.

The Habitat: Great bar with awesome Happy Hour mac’n’cheese!

Greenpoint Toys: Family-run business, toys for all ages, super helpful staff.

From WORD manager Stephanie: (who you can find on Indiebound at bookavore.)

The Diamond: This bar has great beer, a great bartender (who didn’t mind me reading at the bar), and nice happy hour specials during the week. Oh, and a delicious vegetable pie named after Bea Arthur.

Peter Pan Donuts: Best donuts in the world, period. They always have some fantastically decorated donuts for approaching holidays, but the old-fashioned is incredible too. Extra points for retro decorations and uniforms (even though I feel bad for the girls behind the counter for having to wear them).

Brooklyn Label: My favorite place for brunch at the moment, big fan of the tofu and potatoes (super vegetarian-friendly).

Amarin: For a Polish neighborhood, Greenpoint has a ridiculous number of Thai restaurants. This one is definitely the best–fresh ingredients, low prices, vegetarian-friendly, nice-sized portions.

Old Hollywood: The only thing wrong with this vintage store is that it’s not open enough hours. A great selection of vintage pieces in immaculate condition, along with lovely handmade jewelry, bags, etc. Some of the stuff is pricey, but there’s something for every budget.

Junk: Another great vintage store that just opened a branch in Greenpoint. Mostly furniture and decorations, but I also found some turn-of-the-century postcards that I’m in love with, and they have clothing, records, and old Life magazines as well.

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Plenty of local choices, and local voices too! Steph also shared her two favorite Greenpoint blogs: New York Shitty and The World According to Bitchcakes.

Check out this Indiebound map to see all the independent businesses mentioned above. No excuses now… you’ve got everything needed to plan a tour of the neighborhood. Be sure to say hi when you stop by the bookstore!

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May 13, 2009 at 12:37 pm

Indiebound Spotlight: McNally Jackson

mcjThroughout 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.

McNally Jackson Booksellers is a spacious independent bookstore in Nolita, where Soho, Noho, the Lower East Side, Chinatown, and Little Italy meet. Known for its’ stellar events program and wonderfully rich collection of new books, McNally Jackson also has a great cafe and nook where readers can linger with coffee and a good book. Check out their blog, The Common Reader, where they describe a good bookstore as “not just a place to buy books, but a place to love them.” McNally Jackson is definitely one of those places in New York City.

We received a short list of favorite local eateries located near McNally Jackson from the store’s events coordinator, Jessica Stockton Bagnulo. So, if you’d like more than a coffee and sandwich from McNally’s cafe, here are some other foodie suggestions: Lahore, a popular Pakistani deli with affordable and delicious take-out; The Kitchen Club, for dumplings, soba noodles and sake; and Cafe Gitane, one of Jessica’s go-to meeting spots. She also gave a thumbs up to two indie businesses that McNally Jackson has partnered with for events – Wine Therapy, which carries a nice variety of specialty and organic wines, and Pinche Taqueria, who will cater an upcoming book party for a new release partially set in Mexico. (The event is not listed on their website just yet, but keep an eye out for it!) Jessica says Pinche is the perfect local restaurant to satisfy reader’s cravings for Mexican cuisine! Let’s go get a taco…

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

These suggestions were submitted by Jessica Stockton Bagnulo, McNally Jackson events coordinator and Indiebound member!

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May 7, 2009 at 5:16 pm