The Strand Book Store

Strand Bookstore
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The Strand Book Store at 828 Broadway (and 12th St)
Strand Bookstore is an independent bookstore located in New York City's Greenwich Village. The store houses the city's largest collection of rare books, and is also a contender for the title of world's largest used bookstore, its major competitor in this regard being Powell's Books of Portland, Oregon. Its slogan is "18 Miles of Books".

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growing up poor, the Strand Book Store was heaven sent.

to begin with,
all the books are discounted.
whether they be brand new review copies of the latest bestsellers,
or slightly used books.

one may spend hours buying select, individual books,

or the books are just gonna gather dust on a shelf,
never to be read,
one may buy them by the foot!

there's 18 miles of books to choose from.

comic book, . . .er, uhm, graphic novel fans?
be aware, these are to be found in the children's section . . . still.

rare book collectors: herein lies Paradise: third floor.

dollar books?
ya don't even hafta go in the store;
shelves are lined along 12th street decorating
the sidewalk in dollar books

oh, . . .,celebrity fans: be nice to the employees,
they're gonna be famous artists, writers and/or musicians
someday soon
. . . ask Patti Smith, just one of many former employees.

p.s. that pretty young lady, or handsome young man,
that couldn't stop staring into your eyes, then smiled,
and whispered hello to you?
. . . is getting paid to make you feel welcome.
please don't stalk them. :-)



allhorsestuff said...

Thanks for singning up to "Follow/Lead/Share" at my place.
That is some book store... I also like your Random Fact #6!!!I resemble that one too~

aurbie said...

You got some great shots. Love them all.

I could all day in book stores.

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♥ Braja said...

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bARE-eYED sUN said...

ok, Braja, as we've said many times we have intelligence in no great measure; however, we think we've corrected the email thingy.

else, weeze bax tuh da draweenburd.


Marga Fuentes said...

Ero, un gran bookstore, amigo. Me ha encantado ver estas fotos.
Un abrazo con cariño,

bARE-eYED sUN said...

Besitos y abrazos para udsted, Marga :-)


Eliana Guedes said...

hey there, bareeyedsun
yes, it is a female shape

glad you visited and enjoyed it!

all the best

bARE-eYED sUN said...


we enjoyed your work tremendously! :-) thank you very much for sharing it.

floreta said...

oh but i love bookstores!

bARE-eYED sUN said...

hey floreta! the Strand sell nifty T-shirts too. nerdy, just as you like 'em. ;-).
thanks for stopping by.

Pablo Copola said...

Hola .ero, me encantan esas fotos, ya conozco una gran libreria de NY sin haber estado nunca.
Sabes, esos stands de libros en la calle me recuerdan -en su version moderna- a los bouquinistes de Paris.
Un gran saludo
(pd. gracias por tus comentarios, son muy gratificantes y motivadores, un regalo para el que escribe).

bARE-eYED sUN said...

es un placer recibirle, Moreira.

las fotos no le hacen justicia a la tienda Strand, pronto pedire permiso para tomar fotos dentro de la tienda.

hemos visto multitudes de librerias gigantescas. lo que separa Strand de otras es que todos los libros estan al descuento, y tiene un gram surtido de libros raros, 1ra, 2da ediciones.

me agrada el que se haya entretenido un pocuito aqui.

siga escribiendo, pues en mi humilde estimacion udsted es un gran poeta.

de nuevo, gracias por la visita..

Americanising Desi said...

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i see you following me on

i am pleased to announce that i have moved!

please note the new url:

bARE-eYED sUN said...

hey, AD, thank you for the heads-up.

we're THERE! :-)