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Bookstore and Café
Lower East Side, New York
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  • Anne Marie W.heart icon on user image
    Anne Marie WardJanuary 15, 2019
    Been here 25+ times
    Diverse book selection focusing on race, politics, class, and gender—not just “dead-white-guy literature.” They also have awesome merchandise from cool artists, vegan baked goods, and free condoms!
  • Erin R.heart icon on user image
    Erin RathJuly 21, 2016
    My late grandfather would describe this bookstore as "commie;" therefore, I like it. Good selection to raise your social conscience. Variety impressive considering store's small size.
  • Brook S.heart icon on user image
    Brook ShelleyJuly 29, 2015
    Amazing feminist/radical bookstore that is trans-inclusive and friendly. Solid little coffee bar too. I love visiting when I'm in town, and always walk out with a few rad books
  • Untapped Cities
    Untapped CitiesJuly 16, 2013
    "Bookstore, fair trade café, activist center." If you're ever in need of literature on feminism, LGBT topics, race issues, and other touchy subjects, Bluestockings may be the place for you! Read more
  • Silvia B.
    Silvia BassoAugust 7, 2013
    A very nice independent and activist bookstore in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. There are sliding bookshelves in order to create more space for hosting talks and performances
  • Rebekah R.heart icon on user image
    Rebekah RobinsonMay 17, 2017
    Great vibes. Great place to meet up with a friend to chat about dismantling the patriarchy. Possibly place of origin for the next revolution.
  • Marina B.heart icon on user image
    Marina BuritySeptember 12, 2015
    Amazing book selection with titles about feminism, queer and trans theories, black movement, activism and more. I wish I had a place like this where I live.
  • Taylorheart icon on user image
    TaylorFebruary 4, 2015
    One of my favorite bookstores in town! Co-op style, unique titles and Zapatista café.
  • Amy C.heart icon on user image
    Amy CummingsMarch 7, 2017
    I could have spent so much more time in here. So many great feminist book options.
  • amNewYork
    amNewYorkJuly 1, 2013
    It’s an independent bookstore, café and activist center, and it’s one of the few Bowery joints that hasn’t felt the brunt of a rapidly changing neighborhood.
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatNovember 9, 2011
    Nice little bookstore that's volunteer-run. Come here to get your feminisist literature, as well as books devoted to gender and sexuality, activist strategies, and much much more.
  • Margot M.heart icon on user image
    Margot MazurAugust 22, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Anything you could want about radical politics, get it here and come to the sweet events!
  • Darryl B.heart icon on user image
    Darryl BMay 20, 2018
    One of my favorite bookstores in NYC!
  • Dana P.
    Dana ParkerJanuary 30, 2015
    Fun and varied selection. Lots of good authors both indie and mainstream
  • Sass Conf
    Sass ConfOctober 6, 2013
    Collectively owned, volunteer run, bookstore and cafe. Feminist. Anarchist. Free events every night.
  • Athena
    AthenaJuly 20, 2012
    $1 coffee and all the subversive literature you could want. Staffed by volunteers, so be nice!
  • aisha1908
    aisha1908June 28, 2012
    Come with cash. Some books are sold with all proceeds going to a particular movement. Don't miss out just because you only have a credit card on you!
  • Richard B.
    Richard Burst-LazarusAugust 31, 2012
    For the next few months (as of Sept. '12) Bluestockings will be leaving free books on their curb every Monday and Thurs., according to a volunteer there.
  • Nathan
    NathanDecember 13, 2015
    For your inner anarchist, anti-capitalist, and anti-colonialist.
  • Zii H.heart icon on user image
    Zii HammadApril 3, 2015
    I only wish we served espresso--I would literally be in here every day.
  • Daniel F.heart icon on user image
    Daniel FoscoAugust 8, 2014
    Cool environment, great selection of books on marxism, anarchism and gender studies
  • Afi Y.heart icon on user image
    Afi Yellow-DukeJune 21, 2015
    Great coffee + cookies… rad books, people, and events!
  • Claire F.
    Claire FreehaferMarch 16, 2016
    I want to read every book in this place.
  • Ali H.
    Ali HJune 12, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    everything about this place is righteous. I would be content to sleep on the couch there for the rest of my life.
  • Kimmie O.heart icon on user image
    Kimmie OhhMay 10, 2020
    Great bookstore with welcoming employees.
  • Akynos S.
    Akynos ShekeraAugust 24, 2013
    Christ! The smell in here. No A/C and lots of hippies who don't believe in DO. I'll come back in the winter!
  • Ravi B.
    Ravi BatraDecember 18, 2013
    Try the China cola! So good! and seems much more natural than coca cola
  • Alex T.heart icon on user image
    Alex TavarezJanuary 31, 2020
    A good selection of feminist, queer and anarchist books.
  • Jibreel R.
    Jibreel RJune 29, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    chill place staff with some of the nicest people I've met in this city
  • Brittany
    BrittanyAugust 6, 2012
    Yummy yummy yummy coffee. Don't let the cheapness fool you!
  • Sunny K.
    Sunny KApril 16, 2010
    Great selection of unique, not so mainstream books dividedby subject / theme. Great coffee as well!
  • A D.heart icon on user image
    A DelJuly 24, 2015
    Nice assortment of harder-to-find feminist works
  • Kimmie
    KimmieMarch 24, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Go to Bluestockings on a Thursday or Friday before 6pm and ask Kimmie for a delicious cappuccino. Then have a cigarette on the bench with her. Read more
  • Thalia K.
    Thalia KAugust 3, 2011
    They carry diva cups here! Something I previously had to order online and wait for shipping... From Canada.
  • JRSS
    JRSSAugust 28, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Angry books, welcoming staff, awesome time.
  • Marie Claire A.
    Marie Claire AApril 24, 2012
    Check out their FREE & $1 book section.
  • Emily S.
    Emily SouléJuly 6, 2014
    Awesome radical shop
  • Kate K.
    Kate KosturskiFebruary 11, 2011
    Cafe should be relieving soon...the staff had people on premises fixing the espresso machine.
  • y c.heart icon on user image
    y contentFebruary 21, 2015
    the next revolution will form here. viva la LESvolución.
  • smile f.heart icon on user image
    smile from The Lower East SideOctober 13, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    A great and varied selection of guest speakers, poets, authors and what not often speak, read and lecture here - smile Read more
  • TC K.
    TC KidaNovember 12, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    so much to read, so little time!
  • An X.
    An XiaoApril 24, 2010
    Great books, good peeps. Support independent bookstores.
  • Marie Claire A.
    Marie Claire AApril 24, 2012
    Fight the Power!
    HOMOGROUNDJanuary 7, 2013
    Nerd Grrrl: Working Women in Music event on Wednesday January 16th. Read more
  • Michael S.
    Michael ShenDecember 18, 2012
    Hipster alt vibe
  • Rok
    RokSeptember 5, 2011
    Cool place. Good books.
  • miguelina c.
    miguelina camejoAugust 31, 2013
    Watching Cove
  • Faith A.
    Faith AlastairJanuary 29, 2010
    Have a Chai, read a book.
  • Rafa A.heart icon on user image
    Rafa AlvesAugust 10, 2015
    livraria independente, com café, cookies e livros sobre veganismo, anarquia e política
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