NYC Guide: Book Culture

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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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Book Culture on Columbus

450 Columbus Avenue (between 81st and 82nd St.)

Monday-Saturday 9AM-10PM

Sunday 9AM-8PM

photos by me


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  1. Maria Fernanda wrote:

    Jackie! it looks so quaint and cozy. Definitely like the one from You’ve got mail. Putting it on my list for my next NYC trip. xo from Puerto Rico

    Published 1.18.16 · Reply
    • York Avenue wrote:

      I hope you get a chance to visit! xo

      Published 1.18.16 · Reply
  2. Elana wrote:

    Your pictures blow me away once again! These are so beautiful and I’m so glad I introduced you to a new place (you always are my go-to person for recommendations!). xoxo!

    Published 1.18.16 · Reply
    • York Avenue wrote:

      You’re so sweet Elana. Thanks again for showing me this place!

      Published 1.18.16 · Reply
  3. Obsessed with what those candles are! I’ll have to go in and find out. Quintessential UWS! So cute!

    Published 1.19.16 · Reply
  4. Dorothy wrote:

    I want to live here, its beautiful and so are the photos

    Published 1.19.16 · Reply
  5. Kelli wrote:

    I took your advice and went into Book Culture and spent an hour just wandering around the shop. It was a precious hour since it was my last day visiting my favorite city. So much to see, so little time! On the plane ride home back to California I decided to watch I’ve Got Mail AGAIN. But this time I saw it in a whole new light having just spent 6 days on the Upper West Side. Love your Blog and Instagram account. It allows me to pretend I am in NYC from California.
    XO Kelli

    Published 1.22.16 · Reply
    • York Avenue wrote:

      Oh, thank you Kelli! What a sweet comment. I hope you loved the bookstore and UWS! Enjoy sunny California 🙂

      Published 1.24.16 · Reply
  6. Charlotte wrote:

    I love Book Culture! I work right next door to this location, and it is my go-to when I need gift ideas or birthday cards. I love your photos, they really capture the feel of the place.

    xo Charlotte

    Published 3.4.16 · Reply