Pages with Patel, I: Rizzoli Bookstore-“The Most Beautiful Bookstore In New York City”

By Nishtha Patel

Via Rizzoli Bookstore

On July 27th, 2015, Rizzoli Bookstore moved from its iconic location on 57th street to Broadway and 26th street. Loyal customers were enraged and many protested the loss of the Parisian-style building. But now, Rizzoli has opened up brand new and it is safe to say that it has not lost its charm.

Walking in, the marble floors stretch out into wood and the oak paneled bookshelves rise up to the chandeliers that adorn the ceilings. Black columns line the hallway. Different paintings decorate the tops of the walls. Strolling through the bookstore, there is not a loss for things to look at. Gold lettering on the shelves highlight the genre of books: one may find anything from literature, interiors, and art history to gardens, photography, and fashion.

In the back of the store, there is a stage set up for the many events Rizzoli hosts from talks to readings. They even have frequent conversations with authors followed by book signings. Stands are displayed full of postcards such as one featuring Jack Kerouac holding a cat or a portrait of Ernest Hemingway. There are even adorable greeting cards from The New Yorker.

Famous for their art and foreign fashion books, they have an enormous collection that can appease all types of enthusiasts. They also have specialty books about wines and foreign luxury cars—there is something for everyone. It is almost too easy to get lost in the shop flipping through an Oscar De La Renta fashion book or perusing through the new fiction arrivals.

For Rizzoli, this new location is merely a new chapter in what will hopefully be a long saga. For someone who has a very specific interest or loves discovering new reads while experiencing the elegance of a specialty bookstore, this is definitely the place for you.

Nishta Patel is a Highlighter Staff Columnist. Email her at


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