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Housing Works Bookstore Cafe

Since 1996

New York is full of bookstores, but the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe is special: the staff is mostly comprised of volunteers and all profits – from the books that are donated to the bookstore – go to Housing Works Inc, an institution that is dedicated to working with the homeless community affected by AIDS.

Housing Works has spaces for rent, hosts various events and shows and seems to be the perfect stage for conversations with friends, accompanied by great coffee. If you want to relax, buy that book you’ve been pining over forever, discover new musical artists and/or contribute to a good cause, the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe is an obligatory stop. All this in a cozy, comfortable, beautiful, cool, classic spot, with a wonderful wooden staircase... What more could we ask for?

Cool Tip: If you're a fan of Gossip Girl, you’ll love to know that some of the scenes were filmed here. Remember old episodes and try to identify which characters were sitting at which chairs and tables that you’ll find scattered all around


Mon-Fri: 9 am – 9pm
Sat-Sun: 10am – 5pm