THE NEIGHBORHOOD

Bonnie's Garden and fire escape Apring flowers in Bonnie's Garden

Seasonal window displays were a feature at my old shop; my new place doesn’t have a display window but it does have a charming garden out back!

Thanks to Jae-Eun Chung for the photo!

Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks is one of the few independent bookstores remaining in the Village, but hardly the only one. Check the list below for more.

Hungry? The East Village is packed with restaurants of every kind, most of them easily affordable. Since I’m new in this neighborhood, I’ve taken some recommendations from the locals: Jimmy’s #43 (7th St/2nd Ave), B & H Dairy Restaurant (2nd Ave/St. Mark’s), Via della Pace (7th St/2nd Ave), Luzzo’s Pizza (1st Ave/13th St), The Mermaid Inn (2nd Ave/5th St), Bar Primi (Bowery/2nd St). Head south of Houston Street for old Lower East Side mainstays Russ & Daughters (Houston/Orchard, with a new café on Orchard near Delancey), Yonah Schimmel’s Knishes (Houston/2nd Ave), Katz’s Delicatessen (Houston/Ludlow) and Economy Candy (Rivington/Essex) — one of my favorite places in the entire city.

Also check out this comprehensive map of East Village small businesses.

OTHER GREENWICH VILLAGE BOOKSTORES —
VISIT THEM ALL!

Alabaster Books
(out-of-print)
122 Fourth Ave. (between 12-13th Sts.)
212-982-3550

Bluestockings
(new books, café)
172 Allen St. (Stanton St.)
212-777-6028

bookbook
(new books)
266 Bleecker St. (near Morton St.)
212-807-8655
bookbooknyc.com

Dashwood Books
(books on photography)
33 Bond St. (Lafayette St.)
212-387-8520

Idlewild Books
(travel books, language school)
170 7th Ave South (Perry St.)
212-414-8888

Mercer Street Books & Records
(out-of-print)
206 Mercer Street (just south of Bleecker)
212-505-8615

Housing Works Bookstore
(out-of-print, café)
126 Crosby St. (just south of Houston)
212-334-3324

Mast Books
(out-of-print)
66 Avenue A
646-370-1114

McNally Jackson
(new books, café)
52 Prince St. (Mulberry St.)
212-274-1160

Pageant Print Shop
(old prints and maps)
69 East 4th St. (Bowery)
212-674-5296

Strand Books
(o.p., new)
Broadway and 12th St.
212-473-1452 open til 10:30

Three Lives & Company
(new books)
154 West 10th St. (Waverly Place)
212-741-2069

Unoppressive Non-Imperialist Bargain Books
(new, remainders)
34 Carmine St. (Bleecker)
212-229-0079