After a decade-long hiatus, Chumley’s, the former Greenwich Village speakeasy of choice for many a poet and playwright, reopened last year. It’s a bit higher-end these days, but the book jacket decor is back. For more information, visit chumleysnewyork.com.
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Head uptown to the Cloisters for a view of New York that looks more like medieval Europe. Be warned, if you’re from out of state, the admission is now $25. The Met’s newly acquired illuminated Hebrew Bible from fourteenth-century Spain will be on display during Passover. For more information, visit metmuseum.org/visit/visit-the-cloisters.
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The biggest news in literary bars? The opening of an ostentatious Oscar Wilde-themed hotspot, complete with the city’s longest bar and an array of dazzling artifacts. On the menu: lunch, dinner, and Absinthe Drip. For more information, visit oscarwildenyc.com.
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Booklyn is an artist-run non-profit that promotes artists’ books as art. There are exhibitions, events, workshops, and lectures, as well as a portal to buy unique and editioned books, zines, and letterpress productions. For more information, visit booklyn.org.
This “dos-à-dos” establishment is a hidden jewel. Experience the traditional craft of nineteenth-century letterpress in a charmingly atmospheric shop true to its origins. For more information, visit: southstreetseaportmuseum.org/water-street/bowne-printers
Attention Poe fans! Edgar Allan Poe spent the last years of his life, from 1846 to 1849, in The Bronx at Poe Cottage. The landmark house museum is where he wrote “Annabel Lee,” “The Bells,” and “The Cask of Amontillado.” For more information, visit bronxhistoricalsociety.org/poe-cottage.
Vanity Fair called it “the CBGB of Indie Bookstores,” but Printed Matter is much more than that. The shop carries contemporary artists’ books, zines, posters, prints, multiples, and a broad selection of out-of-print material. For more information, visit printedmatter.org.