Strand Book Store
- General Info:
- Strand Book Store was opened by Benjamin Bass in 1927 on 4th Avenue's Book Row. The store specializes in a variety of new, used, rare, out-of-print and art books. It features one of the largest rare books collections in New York City. The collection includes first and signed editions of several modern books and a range of hard-to-find art and photography books. Strand Book Store offers various special services to libraries, universities and other institutions. The store also provides a selection of books for homeowners and interior, film and television set decorators. With over 200 employees, it offers books on several topics, including fiction, history, medical, music, philosophy, photography, religion, science and math.
- Extra Phones:
Phone: (212) 473-6352
Phone: (212) 871-0066
Phone: (212) 732-6070
TollFree: (800) 366-3664
Posted: 6/11/2011Provided by Citysearch -
I love books, love to read and Strands is a Bookstore with a wide range of selections. You don't have to be a book worm to like this store. They sell it all. Books for Everyone, no matter your interest. They have the popular books. They have the books that no-one else carries. The hard to find books, new or used. For the most part, the used books they sell are in great reading condition. They have $1 racks, if you happen to have a thesis to write on something old, you can get ideas and information from these books without spending much money on something you will only use that one time. I love coming here and spending time browsing. They have a good collection of educational books for teachers, parents and children. If I ever decide to home school my child I know I can count on Strands for the academic material that I will need. I picked up a large US map, about 42""x50"" that has an adhesive to stick on the wall. It allows my little one to fill in with an erasable marker the name of the states, its capital and each states abbreviation. It is also easy to peel off. I saw other educational stick on that are priced right and I plan on returning to purchase. Strands always have competitive prices to other major bookstores. It truly is a place to get lost in and fall in Love...
Posted: 5/15/2011Provided by Citysearch -
Bored with the same old selection you see on the tables in Barnes & Nobles? Don?t get me wrong I love my Barnes & Nobles but this place is exceptional. You?ll find a completely different selection here. Or you?ll find what you?re looking for but half of what you would pay elsewhere. There is a reason why this store is filled with people and books on a Friday night. It has an extremely unique arrangement of books. They have everything from new releases to the out of print materials. If you haven?t gone here yet you are completely missing out! Miles of books cramped on shelves shouldn?t intimidate you. There are three floors with tons of titles, genres, and categories. A personal favorite is the children?s section where you?ll find classics and out of prints. They have a large selection of books about New York City just for kids. Whether you?re a teacher, parent, or someone who just cares about children?s lit, it is quite an amazing assortment. In addition, they even hold events here and filled up a calendar with them. Even if you aren?t in the NYC area, you can go online and purchase books too. If you are in this area you should check it out. Try selling your books back, buying a book for a buck, or see an event there. While this may not be your typical bookstore, it is definitely grand. I think everyone should try out Strand!
I make going to Strands books a regular event.
They often have new comics and trade paperbacks for half off. The bookstore is a little disorganize. You should go to Comics section looking for a specific title. But the hunt is almost as satisfying as the treasure.
Posted: 7/11/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Like several other reviewers here, I joined Citysearch specifically to bash The Strand. The place is a total triumph of advertising over product. Anyone in a dumb Strand T-shirt (or hoodie, or hat, or shorts) will tell you that this is a great independent book store, but the fact of the matter is that it's got a very unimpressive selection that's presided over by some of the rudest people I've ever encountered in retail. I guarantee that whatever you can find at The Strand you can find cheaper on the Amazon Marketplace, shipping included.
The people who work at The Strand comport themselves as if they were the high priests of a sacred temple, but the truth of the matter is that they're in customer service. And if they can't provide pleasant service and a good, low-priced selection of books, what's the point?
Posted: 7/7/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I've always bought my books at Strands, just because they are dollars cheaper than other bookstores I've encountered in New York. Unlike the others, I have yet to encounter the rudeness of their employees, probably because I have never bothered to sell my used books here, and after reading the numerous review, have no intention to. The only thing that bothers me about this bookstore is how unorganized it is : dusty books are stacked on top of each other, some books are not in alphabetical order/not in their best condition, and it's hard to navigate through the store, it's like a puzzle within itself (you go left, and then right, and then left again, and it would take you an hour to go back to the entrance. I'm exaggerating, but you get my point).
For me, their prices kind of make up for everything, even though I personally wouldn't spend more than 30 minutes there!
Posted: 10/10/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I lived within easy walking distance of the East Village location for a few years and never needed an excuse to go there. However, I've always found the employees at that store to be very unpleasant. In recent years I've been patronizing the Fulton Street location and I like it MUCH better. For one thing, there's plenty of space to maneuver and it's hardly ever crowded. And although I wouldn't accuse the staff of being effusively friendly, they're a lot more pleasant than at the main location. The selection at Fulton Street is very good, too.