New York, NY
Strand is both a store for serious book lovers and a must-see stop for tourist. When the shop opened in 1927, it was one of 48 bookstores on the roughly half mile stretch of Broadway between Union Square and Astor Place. Today it remains the only one. In the 1970s, George F. Will wrote “the eight miles worth saving in this city are at the corner of Broadway and 12th Street. They are the crammed shelves of the Strand Book Store.” The 8 miles of books has expanded to 18 miles of some 2.5 million new, used and rare books. This is not your antiseptic mall book seller; the Strand is crowded, funky and wonderful. If you’ve never been there, it’s worth the visit; and if you have, then you know.
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