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Your Trusted NYC Bookstore for More Than 40 Years!
Your Trusted NYC Bookstore for More Than 40 Years!

Independent Bookstore in New York City Since 1983

Shakespeare & Co. is an iconic Manhattan bookstore founded in 1983, serving as a beloved literary hub for New Yorkers and visitors alike. With a rich history spanning decades, this renowned New York City establishment has transformed while maintaining its commitment to fostering a vibrant reading culture. The original Upper West Side location on West 81st Street, a cherished literary landmark, sadly closed its doors in 1996. However, in 2018, Shakespeare & Co. found new life with the opening of its store at 2020 Broadway between 69th and 70th streets, breathing fresh energy into the heart of UWS literary scene. In March 2024 this was followed by a brand new addition located at 2736 Broadway near 105th Street, broadening Shakespeare & Co.'s footprint and impact.

Additionally, Shakespeare & Co. has long been a fixture on the Upper East Side, with its store at 939 Lexington Avenue adjacent to the Hunter College campus. For over 20 years, this location has been a cherished destination for UES book enthusiasts, students, and intellectuals seeking solace among the stacks.

In 2023, Shakespeare & Co. embarked on a new journey with the opening of an art supply department, catering to the needs of students at Hunter College and the New York School of Interior Design (NYSID), as well as art professionals across the city. This addition further solidifies Shakespeare & Co.'s commitment to supporting creativity and education within the NYC community, providing a comprehensive selection of art materials and resources to inspire aspiring artists and seasoned professionals alike.