Pages with Patel: Crawford Doyle Booksellers

By Nishtha Patel

via IndieBound

Crawford Doyle Booksellers (E 82nd Street and Madison Ave) combines the charm of a small New York City bookstore with the modernity of the larger chains. Situated right near Museum Mile and Central Park, this shop is the perfect way to end a day spent walking in the park or browsing the Met.

The smell of fresh new books and wood greets you when you walk in. There are bookshelves around the perimeter of the store, stretching from floor to ceiling. Crawford Doyle’s eclectic selection is apparent upon entering. You can find anything from Jane Eyre to “All the Light We Cannot See.” They house anything from mysteries and travel guides to new releases and classics. The middle of the room has tables displaying various new releases, hardcovers of art books, poetry, and nonfiction. There is even a huge shelf devoted to books about New York. Spend ten minutes here and you’re guaranteed to find a new book that you’ll be dying to read. No matter your taste, there is something here for everyone.

Different than the musty and cramped second-hand bookstores, Crawford Doyle is spacious with a comfortable ambience. There is plenty of space to move around and peruse the books. Wood floors and shelves add to the rustic feel but also keep the place trendy and tasteful, adding to the style of the Upper East Side.

This anachronism houses a variety of books attributing to a well-curated selection. The atmosphere is still modern and fresh, combining the hipness of Manhattan with the old-timey charisma of a small bookstore. Even though Amazon is far more convenient these days, Crawford Doyle’s unique personality still makes it attractive to book lovers and the curious alike.

Nishtha Patel is a contributing writer. Email her at


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