Housing Works Bookstore Cafe

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe

126 Crosby St (btwn Prince & E Houston St), New York, NY 10012, United States
Open until 5:00pm (Show more)
  • Mon–Fri
    • 10:00 AM–9:00 PM
  • Sat–Sun
    • 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express & MasterCard)
Outdoor Seating:

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe is a nonprofit bookstore, cafe, and event space. All proceeds from every show you attend and everything you buy, down to a record and a PBR, go directly to our mission of fighting AIDS and homelessness.


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  • "... in the city and such a great cause as well!" (7 tips)
  • "... great cause, wonderful volunteers. <3" (7 tips)
  • "Best bookstore in the city and has free wifi." (2 tips)
  • Flavorpill NYC

    There are fantastic musical, comedy (every Tues at 8:30; free!), and reading events, plus a little-known, but great, used-record selection.

    Flavorpill NYC · October 6, 2009
  • The Corcoran Group

    Come here for the eclectic selection of used books and relax in the back café with a delicious selection of teas, coffee and snacks. 100% of the profits go to ending AIDS and homelessness.

    The Corcoran Group · October 8, 2010
  • Nina Y.

    If you can snag a table on the balcony, do it. Just walk up one of the staircases.

    Nina Yiamsamatha · January 23, 2013

    Bookstores are among the best places to see women who look like Janeane Garofalo. But at Housing Works you might actually see Janeane herself.

    OMGICU · March 21, 2011
  • Ray L.

    A kinda-hidden gem of SoHo tucked away on a cobblestoned backstreet, a great bookstore with some must-try chai. So good, it just had to rhyme.

    Ray L. · January 22, 2013
  • Fiendishly B.

    Best bookstore in the city and such a great cause as well! Read more

    Fiendishly Bookish · May 6, 2010
  • Tamara H.

    Iced chai w/ soy gives Mud a run for its money, and the walls-of-books aesthetic can't be beat.

    Tamara H · May 21, 2012
  • Maxwell Z.

    Knock out a bunch of work with a good coffee for a great cause.

    Maxwell Z · October 8, 2010
  • nonsensenyc

    Ask Roulette returns! Strangers ask each other any question they want, in front of a live audience. Guests Jon Ronson, Gawker’s Sam Biddle, Hallie Haglund of the Daily Show (Tuesday at 7pm, Free) Read more

    nonsensenyc · May 12
  • The Spark Group

    great place to actually get work done. the free wi-fi doesn't hurt.

    The Spark Group · January 7, 2011
  • Jade

    Best place in the city to study and you just can't beat the free Wi-Fi!

    Jade · June 8, 2010
  • David B.

    Once a month, 30% off all books, music, DVD's. Usually the second weekend of the month, Saturday and Sunday all day.

    David Benjamin · November 24, 2009
  • Howard W.

    Being a New Yorker with the ever rushing lifestyle (for no particular reason) a bookstore like this is exactly what I need to mellow out. A very chill, calming environment to sip on a nice cup of java

    Howard Wong · June 6, 2013
  • Jemar "Meezy" S.

    Don't waste money on bottled water; their iced tap water is frickin amazing.

    Jemar "Meezy" Souza · December 2, 2012
  • Ehtesh C.

    Iced mocha is delicious. In the last few months, it's made in a new way that makes the chocolate taste much stronger. Definitely a plus.

    Ehtesh Choudhury · July 19, 2013
  • Shawnie

    Hello, free wifi and quiet space!

    Shawnie · June 27, 2013
  • Skye K.

    They provide free condoms at check out, just in case you need some at the bookstore.

    Skye K. · July 21, 2012
  • Kate R.

    Nice, quiet place to work. Wifi is great, but make sure you have a full battery charge on laptop: no outlets available. While you are there, buy a book for a great cause!

    Kate Ritchie · January 31, 2012
  • Grace T.

    Go for the wonderful printed matter selection and friendly (mostly volunteer) customer service. wonderful. The prices, be warned, might be a little higher than, i.e. Strand but it's worth it.

    Grace Toy · May 29, 2010
  • Andrew C.

    Order an iced latte and snag a balcony seat! Proceeds go to a great cause, too!

    Andrew C · June 6
  • Mike S.

    Great place to have a meeting. Quiet, plenty of seats, and good drink options (coffee, wine, beer)

    Mike Singleton · May 20
  • Freddy W.

    Best bookstore in the city and has free wifi.

    Freddy Wexler · February 28
  • Sean K.

    They have intelligentsia coffee for 1.50. Basically a steal

    Sean Kwon · December 3, 2013
  • Eliane v.

    Great place to get some work done while enjoying good music, sipping on a coffee. Warning: no outlets available for your laptop.

    Eliane vdB · August 12, 2013
  • Ray L.

    They book some really awesome events here, from Ask Roulette to Grantland Quarterlys to literary singles nights. Check out the events on their website. Read more

    Ray L. · July 3, 2013
  • Caitlin C.

    They host amazing special events. Cozy vibe inside. Check out the collection of uber-cheap uncorrected proofs on sale, and read the next bestseller before it hits shelves officially.

    Caitlin Clements · February 10, 2013
  • Kelly Ann G.

    This place is my happy save haven in Manhattan! The staff is INCREDIBLY nice, the proceeds go to charity, and you can find books for 50 cents! I COULD LIVE HERE. I LOVE IT.

    Kelly Ann Gonzales · January 11, 2013
  • Glitz Latinoamérica

    Gossip Girl: Vanessa spots Charlie reading a strange book (Episode: 420)

    Glitz Latinoamérica · February 2, 2012
  • Suri R.

    Free wifi, good coffee, great cause, wonderful volunteers. <3

    Suri R · August 18, 2011
  • 🍅 S.

    sit, relax, and coffee. really laid back vibe.

    🍅 Sneath · March 12, 2011
  • Adriana K.

    i gave them tons of my books when i moved, it is a great place to chill and read if you have the time

    Adriana Kaegi · January 30, 2011
  • Ethan C.

    Don't plan on staying a while until you make sure you have some laptop battery left, they have no power outlets!!!! Lame-o!

    Ethan Cote · December 28, 2010
  • Jonathan W.

    Slate Gabfest was here and Chrissie Hynde performs nezt week

    Jonathan Wolfson · May 18, 2010
  • Yera H.

    Get the iced latte, feel renewed

    Yera Ha · 2 weeks ago
  • Kelsey L.

    They have consistently good coffee, and are always hosting amazing events and speakers, such as David Sedaris on 6/3. Get here early for big events though, the line stretches down the block.

    Kelsey Lee · 3 weeks ago
  • Kat V.

    Nice to get some (handwritten) work done here - no outlets!

    Kat Valles · 3 weeks ago
  • Katherine M.

    Someone at a bookstore in New Orleans recommended this to me. Super hip events and a spiral staircase. Looking for something specific is hit-or-miss because books are donated. Read more

    Katherine M. · April 28
  • Julia S.

    Really great iced coffee.. Even better than La Colombe!

    Julia San Juan · April 23
  • Sue

    By far my most favorite bookstore in the city :)

    Sue · March 6
  • Katie C.

    Great spot for studying or working, but just FYI you can't charge your phone or laptop here. They turned off the outlets to cut down on the electric bill!

    Katie Chanpong · February 12
  • Dani P.

    No public power plugs. Check to see if they have readings - they move tables and you won't be able to read/study/work.

    Dani Park · January 17
  • ConZerge

    Coffee, books, and a good cause? Yes! 100% of their proceeds go to Housing Works: a healing community dedicated to helping those affected by or living with HIV/AIDS.

    ConZerge · October 20, 2013
  • Talisman

    Don't miss out on The Moth story slams!

    Talisman · October 18, 2013
  • Shawnie

    If you're not going to purchase a book or overpriced coffee, at least stop in to use the free wi-fi :)

    Shawnie · September 9, 2013
  • Danny H.

    Amazing place to work with wifi, but no outlets!

    Danny Hertz · August 24, 2013
  • Jon M.

    Volunteer's are great! Cool hats are a bonus

    Jon Muzzarelli · August 3, 2013
  • Untapped Cities

    This shop maintains an amazing vibe while promoting good causes. It's staffed entirely by volunteers, and all profits go to a Housing Works, a nonprofit that fights homelessness and AIDS. Read more

    Untapped Cities · July 15, 2013
  • Lisa L.

    I don't do books but I do $5 beers. Great place to just chill after work instead of a loud bar. Top spot for people watching.

    Lisa L · July 12, 2013
  • Ronaldo H.

    A bookstore that bumps Phoenix, sells beer, and has free wifi is all right by me.

    Ronaldo Hidalgo · July 9, 2013
  • anna a.

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    anna awori · December 6, 2013

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