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This community reading room is much more than a bookshop, though you'll find everything from contemporary fiction to obscure artsy books in this iconic corner bookshop. 10th St., 212-741-2069, threelives.com) Buyer's remorse is pretty much impossible at this So Ho bookstore: all book are donated to this volunteer-run venue and profits benefit the organization's efforts to provide lifesaving services to New Yorkers living with and affected by HIV/AIDS and homelessness.Funds help provide housing, healthcare, job training, counseling, advocacy and other crucial services to New Yorkers with HIV/AIDS, who are homeless or struggling to become stable in their health, a store spokesperson explained.In addition to carrying a wide variety of books, Greenlight has a first editions club for subscribers to enjoy new books, produces a twice monthly podcast, hosts daily events and organizes book fairs in the neighborhood.

Check out some of NYC's thriving independent bookstores for reading recommendations, literary events and awesome community spaces.The store, which opened on May 1, 2017, offers a variety of best-sellers, children's books and "weird books that no one's seen anywhere else," according to Fusco-Straub.(225 Smith St., booksaremagic.net) After closing its original West Village location in late 2014 -- yes, rising rents are to blame -- Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks relocated to the East Village, where the shop continues to display and sell an impressive variety of vintage, rare and international cookbooks.Nightly events including readings, screenings, performances and more.(126 Crosby St., 212-334-3324, housingworks.org/bookstore) Open since October 2009, Greenlight was the product of Brooklyn book lovers who wanted to bring a great literary business to Fort Greene.