Remembering New York’s Book Row

In a review of Book Row: An Anecdotal and Pictorial History of the Antiquarian Book Trade, Jonathan Yardley remembers his own experiences of 1960’s New York City and pays homage to “‘America’s unofficial capital for secondhand books'”:

Precisely how many stores there were on Book Row at any one time is now exceedingly difficult to calculate, but in the early ’60s — Book Row’s last great period before its precipitous decline — there probably were three or four dozen. The best known were Schulte’s, Biblo and Tannen, Dauber and Pine and the Strand, but there were innumerable others tucked into what Marvin Mondlin and Roy Meador call “cramped, weakly lighted, inadequately heated, seldom air-conditioned spaces.” How many millions of books could be found on Book Row can only be guessed at — three or four million, maybe?….


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