Sun 12:30pm-9:30pm, Mon-Thu 12:30pm-11:30pm, Fri-Sat 12pm-12am
Not as "East Village" as you'd think, this basement store features "small press/anti-establishment" and "religion/mysticism" sections, and also offers a respectable selection of literary fiction, plus $2 trade editions outside.
The year's most heroic bookseller has to be East Village Books owner Donald Davis. In September 2011, a NYPL Battery Park librarian confronted a sketchy patron trying to steal books, ostensibly to trade for cash at used bookstores. The would-be thief dropped his bag and ran, leaving behind a bookmark from this shop. Librarians alerted Davis, so the next time the scammer showed up at East Village Books, the unassuming proprietor pinned the suspect to the ground until the cops came. Not onl... More »