One of my favorite bookstores on the Upper West Side is Book Culture on Columbus, introduced to me by my friend Elana. The shop is bright, cozy, and kid-friendly, reminding me a bit of The Shop Around the Corner from You’ve Got Mail. They have a great selection of books, cards, and gifts, as well as a whole lower level devoted to children’s books and filled with fun seating areas for kids to sit and peruse their selections. It’s a friendly and lively spot with a neighborhood-y kind of vibe, and in that way, to me, it encapsulates a lot of what the Upper West Side is all about.
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450 Columbus Avenue (between 81st and 82nd St.)
photos by me