January 10, 2009

Stacks in the City, Part 3: The Strand

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Last week I visited one of the most well-known bookstores in the United States, or maybe even in the world. . . . The Strand Bookstore, located near Union Square in New York City.

Here are just a few facts about The Strand before I dive into the details of my visit:

  • First opened in 1927 on Fourth Avenue, home of what used to be New York's legendary Book Row.
  • In 1956, The Strand was moved to its current location, Broadway at 12th Street.
  • When first opening in 1927 on Forth Avenue, The Strand occupied 4,000 square feet. It now occupies 55,000 square feet.
  • Features the largest rare books collection in New York City.
  • Book topics include: Americana, Art/Architecture, Business/Economy, Children, Food/Wine, Fiction, Film/Drama, Games, History, Literature, Medical/Health, Military, Music/Dance, New York, Philosophy, Photography, Poetry, Sports, Reference, Religion, Science/Math, Social Science, Transportation and more!
  • Before my most recent visit to The Strand, I wondered to myself, "Why I don't come down more often?" But once I arrived, I remembered why I stay away . . . too many books I want and not enough money or space for them all!

    And it's not only the fact that I have nowhere to store the books in my apartment; The Strand has so many books that it's almost overwhelming. Standing among the multiple stacks, boxes, and displays of books housed on the three floors of The Strand, I probably looked like a chicken with my head cut off while trying to decide where to start and where to go next. Down this aisle? Over to this area? Should I check out these books? I wonder what'’s over there . . .


    Nonetheless, if you're ever in New York City, you must come to The Strand! However, I'd recommend saving up your money as well as traveling light — otherwise, you'll never make it on the plane on the way home without going over the suitcase weight limit.

    — Carly M., STACKS Staffer

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