Back on our indie bookstore tour, we’ve got the East Village’s St. Mark’s Bookshop, deceptively not actually on St. Mark’s Place but on 3rd Avenue between 8th and 9th. This one will be brief.
In this city, I’d put St. Mark’s second only to (maybe even on par with) Book Culture for a thinking person’s book selection. They have an extensive “critical theory” section placed front and center, which should tell you something about the place right off the bat. St. Mark’s other strengths are its selections of sociology, art books, literary graphic novels, anarchist works, and poetry. Though there’s no seating to speak of, but the shelves create private hideaways such that one can sit on the floor browsing for hours, and the people-watching is solid. Final boon: this place is very plugged in to literary events in the neighborhood, and its bulletin board and stacks of event fliers are a goldmine.