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