Housing Works Bookstore Cafe

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe

126 Crosby St (btwn Prince & E Houston St), New York, NY 10012, United States
Open until 5:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Fri
    • 9:00 AM–9:00 PM
  • Sat–Sun
    • 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
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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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  • Flavorpill

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

    Flavorpill · 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 Lin · 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
  • 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
  • Jemar "Meezy" S.

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

    Jemar "Meezy" Souza · December 2, 2012
  • Shawnie

    Hello, free wifi and quiet space!

    Shawnie · June 27, 2013
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Kay S.

    The coffee is good and the ambiance is very relaxing

    Kay Salcedo · August 13, 2014
  • Mike S.

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

    Mike Singleton · May 20, 2014
  • Freddy W.

    Best bookstore in the city and has free wifi.

    Freddy Wexler · February 28, 2014
  • 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 Lin · 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
  • 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
  • Anthony G.

    A great spot for a coffee/tea and use of their free wifi (plus all proceeds go towards ending AIDS and homelessness). Steps away from SoHo shopping as well.

    Anthony Galante · May 31, 2011
  • Charlie S.

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

    Charlie 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
  • Tatiana Mross M.

    Local nonprofit bookstore cafe. Employees are volunteers & avid booklovers. Cafe hosts lectures, book clubs & is a popular venue for weddings. And there's always a basket of free condoms at checkout.

  • John Michael C.

    Used books and a cafe. Good for studying or working or pretending to

    John Michael Cassetta · 5 days ago
  • gmarco ..

    Quirky nice little cafe within a secondhand bookstore. Perfect way to spend a rainy afternoon.

    gmarco . · 1 week ago
  • Matthew M.

    Cool workspace, OK coffee

    Matthew Michihara · 2 weeks ago
  • James S.

    Coffee is pretty expensive - $4 for a small cappuccino

    James Smoley · 2 weeks ago
  • Dana P.

    Great symbol selection, excellent prices, and a great cause

    Dana Parker · 3 weeks ago
  • Katie N.

    Cute coffe shop and snack bar

    Katie Nitti · 3 weeks ago
  • Sean N.

    A great little refuge from the SoHo hustle

    Sean Nickley · January 18
  • Mike F.

    Order a Cortado and browse the shelves while you wait - nice little getaway in Soho.

    Mike Friedman · December 26, 2014
  • Kimmie O.

    Great books, great coffee & Wifi ...what else can you ask for?:)

    Kimmie Ohh · December 6, 2014
  • Randy W.

    The Moth and books

    Randy Wong · November 29, 2014
  • Katerina A.

    Coffee is not the best, but it's not bad either! Lovely environment to drink your coffee and maybe read a book..? :-)

    Katerina Anna · November 29, 2014
  • Harry R.

    Free wifi, cheap coffee, good sandwiches and chill vibes. An oasis off busy Houston st.

    Harry Raymond · November 22, 2014
  • Colin M. F.

    Smell of old books, the balcony, people writing books and plays, a very diverse selection, a bustling café, a good cause—New York, this is your bookstore.

    Colin M. Ford · November 2, 2014
  • Samuel H.

    30% off on the first weekend of the month.

    Samuel Howard · October 7, 2014
  • Zii H.

    In SoHo, and cheap? Crazy. Check out the cheap used book carts. The bookstore can be busy, but it stays fairly calm. Staff are also very fun. Volunteer run!

    Zii Hammad · August 27, 2014
  • Anna O.

    Delicious lattes. Be nice to the staff, they're awesome and also volunteers.

    Anna Ohare · August 19, 2014

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