New York Tip: Free bookstore walking tours

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Bluestockings bookshop in NYC

New York is a city filled with glitz, glamour, and lots of independent bookstores. Why not top off your trip here with a tour of one, two, or a bunch of the city’s most beloved book nooks?

Here are a few ideas to get you started.

May days

Garth Hallberg, a writer at The Millions (, a site that covers cultural trends, first posted his own self-created independent bookstore walking tour in 2007. The tour hit a high note, and this year, The Millions—in conjunction with many city bookshops—hosts another version, on Saturday May 2nd (rain date is May 3rd).

The tour will kick off at 11 AM at the Three Lives book shop in Waverly Place (corner of 10th Street). From here, it makes  stops at some of NYC’s most cherished indie spots, Housing Works in Soho, McNally Jackson (Soho), and Bluestockings (Lower Eastside), before crossing the Brooklyn Bridge to hit up Court Street Books in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn and wind up at Freebird Books & Goods. The tour comprises 4.5 miles and should take about 4 hours. RSVP to:

For more information, go here and scroll down to May 2nd’s events.

Mob hobnob

On May 9th, Freebird Books & Goods hosts a unique walking tour, this time a history of Crazy Joe Gallo (he’s an original Goodfella). The tour, led by author Tom Folsom, will weave its way from Carroll Gardens in Brooklyn to Red Hook’s warehouse district, Gallo’s old mob stomping ground. The best part? It’s free and open to the public.

The tour begins in front of Carroll Park (Subway: F train to Carroll Street). An RSVP is recommended (tel: 718-643-8484 or

Finally, consider generating your own walking tour. Or, check this one out, courtesy of Lucy Di Rosa from The Examiner.

Do you have a favorite New York City independent bookshop or bookseller? Tell us about it here.

About the author

Meredith Franco Meyers

About the author: Meredith earned an MFA in fiction writing at The New School in New York City. Her feature stories and articles have appeared in Ladies' Home Journal, American Baby, Self, Bridal Guide, Time Out New York, Fitness and more. She joined EuroCheapo in summer 2007.

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