The last Saturday of April is National Independent Bookstore Day! Our small neighborhood is home to a number of fantastic, independent bookstores to support on this year’s holiday, April 27th. Over the past few years, there’s been a big resurgence in interest in bookstore culture and reading, but it’s still tough to run a successful bookstore, so make sure to support these beloved local businesses.

Mercer Street Books and Records: This sagging shelf bookstore is a New York City classic, go in and see why. They’ve got all the rare, unique, hard-to-find titles you won’t see anywhere else, alongside records and much more. Over the past year they also began publishing their own small print titles that you can find exclusively in store. Click here to read our Spotlight on the store’s owner, Wayne Conti.

Dashwood Books: This bookstore is known for its diverse collection of arts, photography, and design books in an impressively curated setting. Step inside, and you’ll find truly one-of-a-kind books that are from established and emerging artists alike.

Codex Books: This hidden gem on Bleecker Street is small but mighty, filled with a nice selection of new and used books including a great selection of local zines, deeply discounted sale racks, and much more inside their pint-sized store. Pick a book, go next door to grab a coffee, and read the afternoon away at one of Think’s outdoor tables.

Booktroverts Books: Don’t know what you want? Try a blind date with a book! This little spot inside of NoHo’s Little Market NYC has wrapped books with descriptions, so you can shop around, find the right vibe, and be surprised!