Pages With Patel, VIII: McNally Jackson Books

By Nishtha Patel

Via New York Bound Books

McNally Jackson Books (Prince Street and Mulberry) is where the sophistication and freshness of a corporate bookstore meets the charm of an independent bookseller. Numerous shelves line the two-story store, which features a specialty section in anything from interior design and sports to non-fiction and European literature. Any book you need for a particular subject, this bookstore is sure to have it.

One of the most unique features of this bookshop is their self-publishing service. Creatively named the “Espresso Book Machine”, anyone can go in and print their own book on demand, choosing from a variety of printing packages. McNally Jackson stands out from the rest because one can go read books, buy books, and even make books.

On the first floor, they also have a café tucked in the corner with hot drinks and pastries. People sip their hot beverages while reading, writing, and studying. McNally Jackson also features events such as book signings, poetry readings, and Spanish workshops, which are open to the public. Sometimes celebrities, like Mindy Kaling, stop by to do book signings.

Tables and chairs are placed strategically around all the shelves so people can lounge around while pursuing books. And there is a vast collection to browse through—anything from new literature to the latest magazines and glossy photograph books. Spanning two floors, McNally Jackson houses a multitude of genres. It would be very hard to come looking for something specific and leave the store empty handed. And since it’s the season of finals and despair, this is the perfect place to come relax with a latte or study in a cozy environment, surrounded by books.

Nishta Patel is a Highlighter Staff Columnist. Email her at



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