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Alabaster Bookshop

122 Fourth Ave., New York, NY 10003 40.732882 -73.990031
nr. 12th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-982-3550 Send to Phone

Photo by Corinne Durand

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Official Website

abebooks.com

Hours

Mon-Sat, 10am-10pm; Sun, 11am-10pm

Nearby Subway Stops

4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R at 14th St.-Union Sq.

Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Product Guide

Entertainment

  • Books

Special Features

  • Open After 9pm (at least 3 days a week)

Profile

Only one used bookstore remains on what was once Book Row; owner Steve Crowley has held on despite the miles-of-books behemoth around the corner. Trade paperbacks are generally half the cover price; the admirable selection of contemporary and postmodern names like Borges, Calvino, and Toni Morrison reflect an individual taste in a way the Strand’s stacks of Penguin Classics simply can’t. Rare photography books by Lou Reed and Salvador Dalí are locked in ornate wood cabinets; plastic-wrapped, first-edition paperbacks with fantastically futuristic covers are displayed as art on the walls. A disproportionate amount of shelf space may be devoted to mystery, Star Trek, and Lord of the Rings, but the store’s easily navigable stock remains cultivated—nerdy, yes, but inviting, too. For $2 titles by the likes of James Fenimore Cooper and Candace Bushnell, check out the rolling carts on the sidewalk.

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