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The Strand, New York City

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4.6/5 based on 480+ reviews on the web
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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  • What a gem of a place, books and gifts galore, the staff are super friendly too. I would have stayed all day if I could! 
  • I could spend days in this bookstore. I had to control myself, because I could go overboard with buying books here (I would have to mail them home, or bring an extra suitcase.) Not only do they house ...  read more »
  • The Strand is not just the most amazing historical NYC bookstore, but a must see, must visit place for book lovers, historians or whatever your passion (subject matter) may be. You can spend hours get...  read more »
  • Wonderful bookstore in the heart of Manhattan. Massive selection of interesting books. Knowledgeable staff. Although they were selling a Making Reading Book Again which triggered the SJW in me...
  • Ever since I discovered this place a couple of years ago, I've been a fan. Great prices, particularly for their hardcovers. A huge collection including rare books. Tip: There's no separation of used from new books but for more access to a wider selection of the used books, I recommend looking within each section. Avoid the pre-selected table traps you see on the main floor. Most of those are full price.
  • I really like this place but its not organized very well and the pricea are basically the cover price. I read a lot so I cant afford this place. Great if you want a brand new book and are willing to pay full price
  • I've just spent four hours on your poorly indexed site, viewing 55 pages (15 entries per page) under the category Russian History. I didn't find the text I was looking for but found a good supplemental which I put in my "shopping cart". Filled in my shipping information, proceeded to check-out. But now a PROMO CODE WAS REQUIRED. There was no prominent promo code posted on your home page or anywhere else. After a long,, tedious search I couldn't complete the transaction. As a member of the WGA, I'm extending this courtesy warning to fellow writers: Avoid Strand: Deal only with Powell's.
  • Insane variety of books new, old and rare! At good prices too :) I love looking at their old comic books, I've found some really unique finds!
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