Bookish Browsing

The Algonquin Hotel

59 W. 44th Street
Manhattan

Whether dinner, a drink, or a room for the night, you can’t get much more literary than the legendary Algonquin Hotel. Dorothy Parker and her “Vicious Circle” lunched there; go and raise a glass to them. For more information, visit www.algonquinhotel.com.

Credit: Flickr.com Wally Gobetz

Bowne & Co. Stationers and Bowne Printers

209-211 Water Street
Manhattan

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 Bowne & Co. Stationers and Bowne Printers

courtesy of Tyler Orehek Photography.

McSorley’s Old Ale House

15 E. 7th Street
Manhattan

It could be that McSorley’s saloon is more your speed. Established in 1854, it has seen its share of thirsty authors, such as E. E. Cummings, Joseph Mitchell, and Hunter S. Thompson. Visit: mcsorleysoldalehouse.nyc.

Credit: Flickr.com Scott Beale

Poe Cottage

3309 Bainbridge Avenue
The Bronx

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.

Credit: Flickr.com Courtney “Coco” Mault

Bemelmans Bar

35 E. 76th Street
Manhattan

Journey into the imagination of Ludwig Bemelmans, the famous children’s book author and illustrator who transformed the Carlyle Hotel’s bar with his whimsical murals, making it the perfect venue for bookish chitchat. Online at: www.rosewoodhotels.com.

Booklyn Artists Alliance

37 Greenpoint Avenue
Brooklyn

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.

The Cloisters Museum & Garden

99 Margaret Corbin Drive,
Fort Tryon Park
Manhattan

Head uptown to the Cloisters for a view of New York that looks more like medieval Europe. For more information, visit metmuseum.org.

Hispanic Society of America Museum and Library

613 W. 155th Street
Manhattan

Located on Audubon Terrace, this free museum and reference library focuses on the study of the arts and cultures of Spain, Portugal, and Latin America. For more information, visit www.hispanicsociety.org.

The New York Academy of Medicine Library

1216 Fifth Ave. at 103rd Street
Manhattan

This library is “[h]ome to one of the most significant historical libraries in medicine and public health in the world.” Open during the week by appointment only. For more information, visit nyam.org/library.

Printed Matter, Inc.

231 Eleventh Avenue
Manhattan

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 www.printedmatter.org.

Rare

17 W. 54th Street
Manhattan

Located across from MoMA’s Sculpture Garden, is bookseller Glenn Horowitz’s Manhattan gallery that exhibits fine art, books, and photography. For more information and to see what’s on in March, visit www.glennhorowitz.com/rare.