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Strand Bookstore, New York City

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The Strand Bookstore is an independent bookstore located at 828 Broadway, at the corner of East 12th Street in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City, two blocks south of Union Square. In addition to the main location, the store's Central Park kiosk is open on fair weather days at the corner of Fifth Avenue and East 60th Street. The company's slogan is "18 Miles Of Books", as featured on its stickers, T-shirts, and other merchandise.History and descriptionThe Strand was opened by Benjamin Bass in 1927 on nearby Fourth Avenue, in what was known as "Book Row", which was established as early as 1890, and which had at the time 48 bookstores. Bass's son Fred took over the business in 1956 and soon moved the store to the present location at the corner of East 12th Street and Broadway. Fred's daughter Nancy is co-owner of the store, and is also married to U.S. Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon. The store occupies three and a half floors, using half a floor for offices and one additional floor as warehouse space. As of December 2011, the store had 2.5 million books.Besides the main store and Central Park kiosk, an additional location, the "Strand Book Annex", opened in the 1980s and was originally located on Front Street in the South Street Seaport complex. It moved in 1996 to Fulton and Gold Streets in the Financial District, but finally closed on September 22, 2008 due to rent increases.
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  • A visit to the Strand Bookstore is an absolute must while in New York. Floors of books (seas of customers) in a gritty, unpolished venue. Rare books, classics, fiction, history, and a great children's...  more »
  • All the feel of an old New York bookstore, with 18 miles of aisles to wander; amazing! It was a bit crowded on a Saturday afternoon but vibrant and friendly, with that old bookstore smell--wonderful.  more »
  • For those who love books, must-see. In its 6 floors are releases (almost all) sections of gastronomy, tourism, art, photography, children's, fiction etc. The part used is impressive, everything is for everyone, divided by areas, very well organized.
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  • A new and improved Strand! As a true bibliophile I absolutely love this place! It's my go to spot whenever I happen to be in Union Square; Tons of sale books surrounding the store and there are literally floors of books, encompassing all different topics and categories, I love the way the books are arranged and also can appreciate how there is a category on one of the upper floors there is actually one table with books too cool to be categorized. There are also plenty of knick knacks and funky magnets too.
  • How can you not love this place? Great bookstore. Very knowledgeable and friendly staff. Oh yeah, and has a bathroom. What more can you ask for? Seriously though, if you're looking for any kind of rare or unusual book, they have it. Great place to spend time.
  • Really great bookstore; you'll pay close to average price for a newer/popular or high-demand book, but you can also find wonderful books for a great discount. Picked up a few $5-$7 books. They have a table downstairs of books that they are selling for less than an e-book price. This place is a bargain, and you can easily spend all day there. Staff is pleasant and very helpful.
  • Young, stupid, arrogant and ignorant sales staff. Every single person who works in this place is mentally damaged or an out and out right idiot of the first order. They believe for some small minded reason that the customer is beholden to them they even stopped me from taking a leek in the bathroom once. Absolute moron's of the first order. Being a white person I would say they hire nasty white trash from the back woods because they lack two important things to function 1). Manners, 2). Brains. And the females are even nastier and dumper then the effeminate men who work there.
  • Always a great place to buy books. Well priced and an excellent selection of both new and used. To the person who posted as Broom Hilda, perhaps you were prevented from taking a "leek in the bathroom" out of concern for taking vegetables into a bacteria-heavy environment. Staff should be thanked and not villified for ensuring your health and wellbeing are paramount.