Bookstore Hopping: St Mark's Bookshop

Ah, one of my happy places (though not as happy as my beloved Westsider). St. Mark’s Bookshop is an institution in the NYU area of the East Village, Manhattan. Those dark walls have seen many a skulking, book-absorbed Lisa on a rainy afternoon. I thought I’d highlight it in a post, as these “Bookstore Hopping” posts have become a series, which is indicative of how much I go book-shopping, ay.

I stepped into St. Mark’s a little while ago after an interview, and I spent a lovely hour walking around a snowy East Village, ducking in and out of shops and roaming the stacks of St Mark’s Bookshop. Here are some shadowy pictures (iPhone, sorry).  Photo Feb 26, 11 41 17 AM Photo Feb 26, 11 42 52 AM Photo Feb 26, 11 44 41 AM Photo Feb 26, 11 45 46 AM Photo Feb 26, 11 54 01 AM Photo Feb 26, 11 57 33 AM Photo Feb 26, 12 03 01 PMPhoto Feb 26, 12 03 06 PMPhoto Feb 26, 12 03 13 PM

I love the shelves constructed with pipes, and the dark green of the floors. The aisles are arranged in winding patterns, so it’s easy to tuck yourself into a corner for hours, or turn a corner and trip over someone you didn’t know was there! It’s a delightfully consuming atmosphere. St. Mark’s specializes in Cultural Theory, Graphic Design, Poetry & Small Press Publishing, Film Studies, and Foreign & Domestic Periodicals and Journals. I love the range of this bookstore; it reminds me of a research library, which is appropriate considering how close it is to NYU.

I bought one book: Mark Helprin’s In Sunlight and In Shadow. It’s a big thumping love story, and I can’t wait to read it.

And here are a couple pics of a snowy East Village and the delicious flat white I had at a coffeeshop called La Colombe.

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I love the chicken china!

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