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April 30, 2019

The Best of Downtown Bookstores

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Traveling bookworms have an advantage when it comes to experiencing the city like a resident New Yorker. Getting lost in the winding aisles of the city’s best bookstores is the perfect way to find inspiration, relax with a good story, and discover the treasured nooks and crannies of these shops like a seasoned resident.

If you’re an avid reader searching for New York luxury hotels, look no further than The Wagner. Situated in the heart of the Financial District, many of the city’s oldest and most beloved bookstores are just blocks away from our doorstep. Here is a roundup of some of our favorites:


Dashwood Books

Known for its unparalleled collection of rare and limited photography books, finding the discreet entrance to this underground treasure trove feels like a discovery of its own. Take a quick subway ride to its downtown location on Bond Street and browse their unique selection of books on contemporary photography, fashion and film. Famous artists and designers have been known to use Dashwood as their source of inspiration, so why not take a peek to find yours?



Just a few blocks from Dashwood Books is the volunteer-owned and operated Bluestockings bookstore, specializing in feminist and activist literature. Named in homage to the Blue Stocking Society – which promoted women’s literature and learning in 18th century England – it’s hard not to feel the positive energy when walking into this space. Visit this one-of-a-kind bookshop to find novels, sci-fi, poetry, magazines and literary zines or to attend one of their nightly events, such as readings, workshops, performances and discussions.

Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks

Though she’s recently relocated her shop to E. 2nd street, Bonnie Slotnick has been selling her collection of rare and antiquarian cookbooks since 1997. Slotnick’s passion and dedication to the subject has served the community for over twenty years, and continues to offer out-of-print and truly special finds for those visitors who are equally passionate about food and cooking.

McNally Jackson

Bibliophiles throughout the city flock to this independent bookstore run by husband-and-wife team, Sarah McNally and Christopher Jackson. A destination for international, classic and contemporary books, the SoHo bookstore also has a popular built-in cafe where booklovers can fuel up on espresso before resuming their tour of the bookshelves.

The Mysterious Bookshop

Conveniently located just two blocks from the Chambers Street subway stop, the Mysterious Bookshop caters to fans of all-things mystery, including true-crime and thriller novels. With an impressive collection that spans coveted limited editions and $2 paperbacks, The Mysterious Bookshop is guaranteed to have a book for every kind of of mystery lover.