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5 Great Bookstores In Upper Manhattan Neighborhood of Morningside Heights
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5 Great Bookstores In Upper Manhattan Neighborhood of Morningside Heights

Picture of Kimberly Jane Tan
Updated: 26 December 2016
As the home of many famous colleges and universities, Morningside Heights is the perfect New York City neighborhood for any up-and-coming bookstore. And with schools such as Columbia University and the Manhattan School of Music in the area, several bookshops have been competing for the big customer base in the Upper West Side. Read our guide below to discover five of these top stores.
Columbia University Bookstore l © Kimberly Jane Tan
Columbia University Bookstore l | © Kimberly Jane Tan

Columbia University Bookstore/Barnes and Noble

Housed underneath Lerner Hall in Columbia University, the Barnes and Noble in this campus is different because it sells Columbia merchandise and has a specific section just for faculty authors. The bookstore also allows students to rent and sell new and used books. But if you’re not a fan or a student of the school, you’re still sure to enjoy the Barnes and Noble ambience and selection you grew up accustomed to.

Barnes and Noble, 2922 Broadway, New York, NY +1 212 854 4131

Columbia University Bookstore l © Kimberly Jane Tan
Columbia University Bookstore l | © Kimberly Jane Tan
Book Culture l © Kimberly Jane Tan
Book Culture l | © Kimberly Jane Tan

Book Culture

Located beside the local post office, Book Culture is surrounded by crates of books on display outside the store. The two-floor local bookshop buys and sells new and used books at affordable prices. A favorite of both students and professors alike, Book Culture has a “bag o’ books” sale where you can fill a tote bag with as many bargain books you can carry for just $14.95. Another plus, they don’t charge sales tax when you buy textbooks in person.

Book Culture, 536 W 112th Street, New York, NY +1 212 865 1588

Book Culture l © Kimberly Jane Tan
Book Culture l | © Kimberly Jane Tan
Book Culture on Broadway l © Kimberly Jane Tan
Book Culture on Broadway l | © Kimberly Jane Tan

Book Culture on Broadway

This Book Culture is situated more prominently along Broadway near Columbia University. It deserves a separate listing because unlike their other branch, this shop offers more modern literature and local products such as shirts, bags and New York souvenirs. Also, it has a special reading room for children where they have story time every Saturday.

Book Culture on Broadway, 2915 Broadway, New York, NY +1 646 403 3000

Bank Street Bookstore l © Kimberly Jane Tan
Bank Street Bookstore l | © Kimberly Jane Tan
Bank Street Bookstore l © Kimberly Jane Tan
Bank Street Bookstore l | © Kimberly Jane Tan

Bank Street Bookstore

Designed for children, parents and teachers, Bank Street Bookstore is a kid-friendly shop filled with toys and children’s books. With shelves labeled with colorful magnetic letters and blackboards filled with imaginative drawings, kids usually flock to this store with their parents. And why wouldn’t they? Aside from the comfortable reading nooks in the store, they also offer story times and puppet shows for the children.

Bank Street Bookstore, 2780 Broadway, New York, NY +1 212 678 1654

West Side Judaica l © Kimberly Jane Tan
West Side Judaica l | © Kimberly Jane Tan
West Side Judaica l © Kimberly Jane Tan
West Side Judaica l | © Kimberly Jane Tan

West Side Judaica

A local community treasure that has been around for more than eight decades, West Side Judaica sells Jewish items such as books and religious artwork. The store gives off a nostalgic feel and a sense of Jewish pride. It’s definitely a must-see in the Upper West Side.

West Side Judaica, 2412 Broadway, New York, NY + 1 212 583 2422