Partners & Crime is another of New York's great mystery, detective and crime book stores. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and the service is great. They have an excellent selection of books and are open late most nights which works out great for me. When you are in the Village definitely drop by here.
PROS: Good selection, open late
The Mysterious Book Shop is a fun place to shop. They have a great assortment of mystery, suspense, crime, detective and espionage books. Number two in my opinion behind Murder Ink but you culd make a reasonable arguement over who is number one. That staff is knowledgeable and very helpful and this store is highly recommended.
The Museum of Television & Radio Gift Shop is a fun place to shop. Located in the Museum , which by the way is a great place to visit also, the gift shop has an interesting selection of books, DVDs and tapes containing some of the best that television and radio has to offer. Enjoy the Museum and then enjoy shopping afterwards.
Murder Ink Bookstore has been supplying New Yorkers with murder mysterys and detective books for over thirty years. They have everything from detective pulp collections from over 50 years ago right up to the newest small press thrillers. The staff is amazing and those black pistol bookmarks are still the best bookmarks out there.
PROS: The best in crime fiction
Morningside Bookshop primarily serves the Columbia University community. They sell a wide range of books specializing in modern literature, books one might need for certain courses at Columbia and a excellent travel section. The store is nice and laid out well. The employees I have dealt with have all been friendly and helpful.
Military Bookman, the name pretty much sums up what they sell. All sorts of books on military history, famous battles and biographys of leading soldiers. They are knowledgeable and will help you track down anything you need.
I sold some of my used textbooks to this shop, Manhattan Books , a few years back and was pleased with the transaction. I was paid a fair price quickly with little fuss. They have a good selection of text books new and used for sale and are friendly.
PROS: Decent Selection
A beautiful shop that has been in Rockefeller Center since it was built in 1935. They carry a nice selection of books and tapes in French as well as books to prepare you for travel in France. They have some French toys and games also. I purchased Mille Borne there a few years back a game I enjoyed as a child which seems to be no longer available in English. The service is Okay nothing great in that department, if you ask a question they will answer it but that's about it. Still this is the number one French Bookstore in New York that I know of.
A large space with tons of merchandise. Most of the store is easy to manuever although there is some bunching up towards the back. The employees are Okay , I've seen friendlier and better informed in some other stores. There are alot of toys and other items of a comic and fantasy bent. New York has so many great comics shops that these guys only rate a 4 although in almost any other town they would be the top store.
I have to admit I love St. Mark's Comics but I could understand why other comics collectors may not. They carry all of the new comics and have plenty of new and old graphic novels and toys. The store is a mess, a step or two above shambles but for me that is part of the charm. The back issues are buried under stacks of toys and outside of the new comics everything else is a little messy. That being said this is still a world class grade A operation with great really late hours.
PROS: Open very late, good selection