Strand Bookstore Celebrates 90 Years

From Book Row to Broadway, How Your Favorite Neighborhood Store Has Grown and Stayed the Same

Strand in 1938. Photo Credit: NY History Walks

Any trip to New York isn’t complete without a trip to Union Square and New York City institution, Strand Bookstore. Over the years, Strand has been featured as a favorite by press by The New York Times, New Yorker, Gothamist, TimeOut New York and many more. Not only is it the largest indie bookstore in the city, it’s also the largest family-run bookstore in the country, owned across three generations of the Bass Family.

Fred Bass and daughter Nancy Bass in Strand Bookstore in 2016. Photo Courtesy Strand Bookstore.

From the 1890s to the 1960s, 48 bookstores lined 4th Avenue from Union Square to Astor Place, then known as “Book Row.” Ben Bass opened the used bookstore at the age of 25. It was his son Fred’s idea to move Strand to its current location at 828 Broadway from Book Row in 1957 – today’s its the sole survivor of the historic shops. With its flagship based here in Union Square, you can now find Strand across the city with kiosks in Times Square and Central Park, inside Club Monaco on 5th Avenue, in SoHo at Artist & Fleas, and even quarterly in your mailbox with the Book HookUp subscription box.

Photo Courtesy Strand Bookstore.

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New School Alum Launches Book, Celebrates Mannes Centennial

The New School Alumna Marcia Butler Launches + Signs Her Debut Memoir

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The New School’s Mannes School of Music continues to celebrate its centennial by recognizing its talented group of alumni and their accomplishments. As part of the festivities, Mannes will host a free event to look back on the career of alumna and professional oboist, Marcia Butler.

The event will launch Butler’s debut memoir, The Skin Above My Knee, with a signing and select musical performances. Joining her for an in conversation interview will be former WNYC host Tim Page, a Mannes alum and a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist.

The event is first-come first-served and will take place at the Glassbox Theater at Arnhold Hall (13th Street and Sixth Avenue) on Monday, March 6th at 6 PM.

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Summer Staycation

Playing Tourist in Union Square

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Union Square is bursting with awesomeness just awaiting your discovery – why travel anywhere else? Steps away from our idyllic park is the beating heart of New York City. At the center of food, culture and shopping, we’ve rounded up our top spots to keep you busy, relaxed and deliciously full Continue reading

Janette Sadik-Khan Kicks Off #StreetFight Book Tour in Union Square

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Former NYC Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan will be back in Union Square on Wednesday for the first stop of her book tour with co-author Seth Solomonow and Talking Heads’ David Byrne at the Union Square Barnes and Noble. Now a Principal at Bloomberg Associates, Sadik-Khan led the one of the most sweeping revitalization of New York City’s streets in a half-century during her tenure as Transportation Commissioner from 2007 to 2013. Continue reading

The Strand’s First Editions Club

This upcoming October, our friendly neighborhood bookstore, the Strand, will be launching its First Editions Club. Subscription to the club will provide all you bookworms the opportunity to receive either 5 or 10, staff selected signed books each year with the added benefit of exchanging the book for something else if you so choose. Continue reading

OLIVIA the Pig Making Special Appearance at Summer in the Square Tomorrow!

OLV_SiS_2013Nick Jr.’s popular OLIVIA™  the Pig character is making a special return to Summer in the Square tomorrow! At 10:30 AM, join OLIVIA™ for Story Time and a book giveaway* and photo opportunity on the South Plaza. Continue reading