New York Bookstores: McNally Jackson
New York is home to some truly great bookstores, so I thought it would be fun to visit a few of them and profile them on the blog. The first of the series is McNally Jackson, a book store located in the heart of SoHo, on Prince Street.
I think the mark of a truly great bookstore is when you get lost in it, feel the compulsive need to read every book on the front tables, and want to keep coming back every week. McNally Jackson is one of those stores.
SoHo is one of the best places to window shop in the city, and the windows of McNally Jackson are no exception. The windows hold rows of books, some of which are best sellers you’ve seen everywhere, and some you’re seeing for the first time. Either way, the displays are inviting.
The store is two floors, with a busy cafe near the entrance. The fiction is divided by geography–something I’ve never seen in another book store. It’s an innovative way to look at literature, a way to learn more about your favorite writers and novels.
McJ is a great place to escape the trendy and expensive SoHo shops and lose yourself for an afternoon. I walked out on Friday with two mini-Moleskine notebooks to keep in my purse and a book on writing to give myself a kick in the pants on that front.
What do you love about your favorite bookstore?