Independent Bookshops – a return


In the last year, several independent bookstores have opened their doors on the streets of New York. At the core of this bookshop renaissance is the conscientious consumer movement. Readers are seeking refuge from the once favored big box stores and looking for a more intimate and personalized shopping experience.

Eschewing dark and dusty for modern and airy: this new breed of bookshops welcomes customers with brightly lit, highly curated selections. Fort Greene’s Greenlight , designed by architect Frederic Tang, offers books with a Brooklyn bent while New York City’s Idlewild sells fiction, non-fiction and guidebooks organized by region. With activities like book clubs, readings, and author day camps, the new guard of booksellers are becoming cultural havens for readers. Abandoning the ubiquity that has become standard fair in chain stores, the small independents are thriving with a more personalized approach.

Even fashion designer Marc Jacobs is entering the small bookstore fray. He will open Book Marc this Winter in Greenwich Village.

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