Pages with Patel, XI: Posman Books

By Nishtha Patel, Contributing Writer Nestled inside Chelsea Market, Posman Books features an eclectic collection of books and gifts. Its bright green walls reflect the trendy and cheerful atmosphere of the store, where customers are eagerly searching the shelves and employees are singing along to the radio. In the front, there is a wide selection…

Pages With Patel, X: Mercer Street Books

By Nishtha Patel, Contributing Writer Located right on the NYU campus, Mercer Street Books (Mercer Street and Bleecker Street) is the perfect place to stop by in between classes to grab a book or peruse the shelves. They also buy books back so you can make some extra cash by selling that copy of Rousseau’s “The…

Pages with Patel, IX: Mast Books

By Nishtha Patel, Contributing Writer Now that fall weather has decided to come at us full force, it’s the perfect time to seek refuge from the cold and duck into a bookshop. And why not make Mast Books (Avenue A and E 5th St.) your first stop? At first, it’s not apparent that this bookshop…

Pages With Patel, VIII: McNally Jackson Books

By Nishtha Patel 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…

Pages with Patel, VI: The Mysterious Bookshop

By Nishtha Patel The hustle and bustle of busy New York traffic disappears when one enters The Mysterious Bookshop (58 Warren Street), a bookstore in Tribeca specializing solely on crime, thriller, and mystery novels—one of the oldest of its kind in America. Floor to ceiling shelves filled to the brim with novels line the outer perimeter…

Pages with Patel, V: Left Bank Books

By Nishtha Patel If you love all things antique and unique, Left Bank Books (W 14th Street and 8th Avenue) is the perfect place to stop by. This used bookstore specializes in first editions and rare books. Walking in, one can see the back of the tiny store from the front but what it lacks…

Pages with Patel, III: Book Culture

By Nishtha Patel Walking into Book Culture (W 81st St. and Columbus Ave), one can get a quick glance of numerous tables filled with various knick-knacks and shelves full of books lining the outer perimeter of the store. But, upon closer inspection, one finds that this store has anything from a pug pillow to a…

Pages with Patel, II: Idlewild Books

by Nishta Patel Climbing the stairs to the main floor of Idlewild Books, one is greeted with displays of numerous travel tomes and language books. Presented on the shelves, are travel guides of virtually every country—anything from the architecture of London to the historic sights of Cambodia. Specializing in travel, this shop is one of the last…