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Book stalls, used books and other pleasures of New York City
Book stalls, used books and other pleasures of New York City

One of my favorites urban pleasures has long been buying books on the street. In New York, this means book stalls – and more specifically, the Strand’s book stall, at the southeast edge of Central Park, across Fifth Avenue from the Hotel Pierre. I know this corner of the city intimately; as a kid, I used to go to dancing school here. But it was only when the Strand stall opened that it developed what, for me, is something like an inner life. The Strand, of course, is one of New York’s bookstore landmarks: “18 Miles of Books,” its slogan declares. I used to hate the original store, on lower Broadway, until I realized it was best engaged with a sort of...

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