I used to go here alot. Definitely has that used book store smell, kind of a mixture of dust, coffee, erudition, and under employment. A comforting place in these fast paced times. Proceeds to charity. They offer free condoms.
Really great bookstore! I don't know if it was luck or what, but within minutes I found 3 books that I wanted to buy! The staff is friendly and easy to talk to. If I ever visit New York again, I will definitely go to the Housing Works Bookstore!
Great bookstore and cafe. I've been here twice for events, the first one during the presidential debates and the second one was on a Friday evening, for board game night. Both times, I had a great time, met interesting people and the crowd was really friendly. The cafe and book prices are reasonable and I'm glad to know it's going to a good cause. I plan on hanging out here again.
I love this place and find myself popping in here even if only for a few minutes if I'm near. The simple way to start off is to call it as it is--a great reasonably priced used bookshop. It's also a reasonably priced cafe (with alcohol). You're not going to get anything crazy fancy here, but it's solid for sipping and flipping pages of great reads. I've also asked to share tables with people when it gets busy and have met some great folks. They have some light food fare that can also tie ya down for a bit (though I do love going to the Soho Halal Cart down the street). Most importantly, all their profits go to a good cause--helping folks in the NYC area with AIDS. They also have a schedule of events they out on during the evenings, "The Moth" Story Slams anyone?!
Feel free to grab a gratis condom or two on your way out. Play it safe NYC!