- The Astoria Bookshop
31-29 31st St., Astoria; 718-278-2665
The nouveau-community-bookstore scene has largely been a Brooklyn phenomenon. But Simon & Schuster alum Lexi Beach’s shop is a new beacon in Astoria, where she and the sci-fi- focused Enigma both opened back in August, becoming the borough’s only indie bookstores. Beach features the latest best sellers, classics of every genre, and a special “Queens and NYC” section (staff recommendations are handwritten on oak tags), plus regular events (Kevin Cook is up March 19 to discuss his book on the murder of Kitty Genovese). The outpouring of support from Queens-based authors ranges from Megan Abbott and Daniel Nayeri, who’ve donated signed copies of their books, to memoirist-teacher Emily Herzlin, who leads in-store writing workshops.
Best Queens Literati Hub
From the 2014 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).