Housing Works Bookstore Cafe

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe

Café, Used Bookstore, and Event Space$$$$
SoHo, New York
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  • The experts at Time Out New York and The Corcoran Group recommend this place
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  • Suri R.
    "Free wifi, good coffee, great cause, wonderful volunteers."(13 Tips)
    The Corcoran Group
    "used books and relax in the back café"(6 Tips)
    Mike S.
    "Quiet, plenty of seats, and good drink options (coffee, wine, beer)"(56 Tips)
    Edomia zaide B.
    "Wonderful vibe, cheap books, quiet.. you can be here for hours"(10 Tips)
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  • Josica G.
    Josica G1 week ago
    They have a section for ARCs and uncorrected proofs a lot of them are just $5! 📚💖
  • Chris L.
    Chris LeeSeptember 15
    Great spot with a lot of space. Good coffee, free wifi, many tables.
  • Morgan P.
    Morgan PolotanSeptember 2
    Cafe in a bookstore, not the other way around
  • Amy C.
    Great place to stop in when you're in the area.
  • Nicholas B.
    Take a quiet coffee break surrounded by books
  • kas c.
    kas cMarch 1
    The volunteers are awesome. Especially the guy in the red hat!
  • Casa S.
    Casa SassoFebruary 24
    simply good bagels
  • Edomia zaide B.
    Wonderful vibe, cheap books, quiet.. you can be here for hours
  • Jeffrey G.
    Jeffrey GlueckFebruary 7
    Free WiFi, small tea only $1.50, hippie progressive vibe (a good thing)
  • Lea C.
    Lea CeasrineFebruary 2
    You can feel thrifty and smart and frugal here.
  • Michael
    MichaelJanuary 27
    Need to escape Soho's shopaholics? Order a coffee and take some time out in this spacious yet cozy bookstore, all for a good cause!
  • Patrick B.
    Patrick BaskinJanuary 15
    Cute spot to hangout, space to sit and talk with coffee & drinks or peruse the books for sale
  • Matthew S.
    80s goth playlist
  • Anna B.
    Anna BrowneDecember 13, 2016
    A wonderful spot for book lovers. Very kind staff and overall a nice atmosphere.
  • Nikki
    NikkiNovember 24, 2016
    don't. spill.
  • Tarik F.
    Tarik FayadOctober 21, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    Great palace to work. Tons of seating and free wifi. All it costs you is a cup of coffee.
  • HashtagNYU
    HashtagNYUOctober 12, 2016
    The coffee is cheap and the upper level setting (if you can snag it) is cozy and quiet. Plus, post study time, treat yourself to some cool thrifty finds next door at the Housing Work Thrift Store.
  • Rebecca P.
    Rebecca PlaineOctober 5, 2016
    Enough space to get some work done. Tucked in the back of the shop.
  • Dustin
    DustinJuly 30, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    They have a few greeting cards and postcards near the cashier.
  • Amir A.
    Amir AbdiJune 26, 2016
    Wonderful lattes
  • Carlos S.
    Carlos SalazarJune 15, 2016
    Cozy as can be. A great concept. Coffee is alright.
  • Helen W.
    Helen WengJune 6, 2016
    reat for discovering new books to try, but it's harder if you're looking for a specific book as their selection isn't the biggest
  • Gonzo
    GonzoJune 3, 2016
    Lots of great talks here. beware there will be a line!
  • PureWow
    PureWowJune 2, 2016
    June 14th: Prepare your best true story for the Moth StorySlam at Housing Works Bookstore (or just watch others tell theirs). No pressure, but it better be good--it’ll be broadcast on the podcast. Read more
  • Alexandros P.
    Nice and cheap coffee for a good reason, free wifi, plenty of books to read and quiet atmosphere!
  • Michael Dylan F.
    Michael Dylan FerraraApril 22, 2016
    A bookstore which a great lil cafe in it...
  • Untapped Cities
    Untapped CitiesApril 19, 2016
    This wood-lined room at this place has floor-to-ceiling books, many for just a dollar. You can enjoy a beer or wine from its café while you devour your latest find in a bohemian, welcoming atmosphere. Read more
  • Joe D.
    Joe DMarch 31, 2016
    Nice place to work for a while
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkMarch 24, 2016
    Ask Roulette is coming to Housing Works this week so come on in and enjoy the hilarious panel of questions that will have you curious and entertained. Thurs, 3/24. Read more
  • Pelin G.
    Pelin Güvenç KefelMarch 22, 2016
    Bookstore and coffee shop what more can you ask for 😊
  • Katharine H.
    Katharine HaldemanMarch 8, 2016
    Lots of great books from all different genres organized well. They also have lots of small tables you can sit and drink coffee from their cafe at and work or read
  • Halley H.
    Halley HairFebruary 24, 2016
    They're a part of CUPS: https://cupsapp.com/ Use code 18m3t for $10 of free coffee!
  • Matt D.
    Matt DonatelliJanuary 12, 2016
    Lovely atmosphere and free wifi, but the food is standard cafe faire.
  • Timelessnomad
    TimelessnomadDecember 22, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    If I'm in the neighborhood I always stop by to browse the cookbooks and design books. Good prices
  • Sonya R.
    Sonya RytovaDecember 17, 2015
    Very nice coffee! Like really cool!) Cute place to talk with a friend or read a good book (actually it's almost the same ;) )
  • Evan S.
    Evan SchwartzNovember 29, 2015
    Books, coffee, sitting, conversation
  • Ab
    AbNovember 25, 2015
    Great stop with solid collection and decent coffee in the back. Easy place to work, but don't expect power outlets
  • Emily K.
    Emily KaneNovember 14, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the greatest places on earth. Buy books, see some great events, help people.
  • Karl W.
    Karl With A "K"November 5, 2015
    The chai lattes are solid here.
  • Alexis B.
    Alexis BendjouiaOctober 12, 2015
    Awesome well-priced used bookstore with a cafe, and a selection of records.
  • Brendan M.
    Brendan MSeptember 26, 2015
    Best cafe atmosphere around, all for a good cause
  • Kaitlin S.
    Kaitlin SiemeringSeptember 23, 2015
    Great place to spend an afternoon! Awesome used book collection, pretty good coffee, places to sit, and all proceeds go to a worthy cause!
  • Ruben Garcia M.
    Ruben Garcia MohedanoSeptember 8, 2015
    If you're shopping in Soho, take a break and read a book here
  • Saif D.
    Saif DiaSeptember 8, 2015
    All books are donated.
  • Marc G.
    Marc GrossbergAugust 24, 2015
    The books. The venue for performances. The feel of the place
  • Susumu
    SusumuAugust 16, 2015
    Cozy used bookstore in SoHo. There are vinyls as well.
  • ZZubin
    ZZubinJuly 24, 2015
    With real estate prices so high, most coffee shops don't even have space to sit. Here's a great, old school bookstore with a tiny cafe and ample seating. Great to meet up or do a little work.
  • Renae M.
    Renae MasonJuly 23, 2015
    Spent a relaxing hour browsing and drinking their very strong coffee.
  • Carmen N.
    Carmen NJuly 10, 2015
    One of the best used bookstores in NYC, and an all around comfortable, inviting space. The selection is usually on par with a "new" bookstore.
  • Savannah P.
    Savannah PetrickJuly 8, 2015
    good coffee refill deal
  • Afi Y.
    Afi Yellow-DukeJune 23, 2015
    Good coffee and great books! All you need.
  • John P.
    John PaterakisJune 4, 2015
    Nice space for having a coffee, but the selection of books is limited, particularly if your interests don't tend towards the left.
  • Gillespie G.
    Found a very cool vinyl record and good coffee, reasonably priced
  • Lindsaye
    LindsayeMay 27, 2015
    Below average selection
  • AJ J.
    AJ JacobsMay 25, 2015
    Housing Works is one of my favorite bookstores. And sometimes my cousin Ophira Eisenberg hosts incredible Moth StorySLAMs there.
  • Christina N.
    Christina NawabiMay 18, 2015
    50 cent book rack!
  • Mish and Rob
    Mish and RobMay 16, 2015
    Check out the events calendar: they have some really fun and original free events almost every night.
  • Christine A.
    Love the cafe, great place to relax and study or discover the great selection of donated books. Cozy like an old library feel that is inviting.
  • Talat S.
    Talat SarıMay 3, 2015
    Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
  • Jess N.
    Jess NaldoApril 29, 2015
    Good spot to work with decent wifi but no outlets available for customer use, which is a bummer. Great place overall but make sure your devices are charged!
  • Scott G.
    Scott GellmanMarch 25, 2015
    The space is great to get work done. But they don't seem to want you to: no outlets and you can only have a laptop/tablet at certain tables. Annoying.
  • David T.
    David TrudoMarch 18, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Pretty cool used bookstore and cafe. Great for lunch, or just wandering around for a book.
  • Cole K.
    Cole KennedyMarch 16, 2015
    Books? Coffee? All for a good cause? Yes please.
  • Ayda Ş.
    Ayda ŞenerMarch 6, 2015
    row after row of adventure after adventure!
  • Tatiana Mross N.
    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 M.
    John MichaelFebruary 23, 2015
    Used books and a cafe. Good for studying or working or pretending to
  • gmarco ..
    gmarco .February 21, 2015
    Quirky nice little cafe within a secondhand bookstore. Perfect way to spend a rainy afternoon.
  • Matthew M.
    Matthew MichiharaFebruary 14, 2015
    Cool workspace, OK coffee
  • James S.
    James SmoleyFebruary 9, 2015
    Coffee is pretty expensive - $4 for a small cappuccino
  • Dana P.
    Dana ParkerFebruary 1, 2015
    Great symbol selection, excellent prices, and a great cause
  • Katie N.
    Katie NittiJanuary 31, 2015
    Cute coffe shop and snack bar
  • Sean N.
    Sean NickleyJanuary 18, 2015
    A great little refuge from the SoHo hustle
  • Mike F.
    Mike FriedmanDecember 26, 2014
    Order a Cortado and browse the shelves while you wait - nice little getaway in Soho.
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhDecember 6, 2014
    Great books, great coffee & Wifi ...what else can you ask for?:)
  • Randy W.
    Randy WongNovember 29, 2014
    The Moth and books
  • Katerina A.
    Katerina AnnaNovember 29, 2014
    Coffee is not the best, but it's not bad either! Lovely environment to drink your coffee and maybe read a book..? :-)
  • Harry R.
    Harry RaymondNovember 22, 2014
    Free wifi, cheap coffee, good sandwiches and chill vibes. An oasis off busy Houston st.
  • Colin M. F.
    Colin M. FordNovember 2, 2014
    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.
  • Samuel H.
    Samuel HowardOctober 7, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    30% off on the first weekend of the month.
  • Zii H.
    Zii HammadAugust 27, 2014
    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!
  • Anna O.
    Anna OhareAugust 19, 2014
    Delicious lattes. Be nice to the staff, they're awesome and also volunteers.
  • Amy .
    Amy 🍦August 13, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Didn't get into The Moth? Get dinner nearby, then go back at intermission ~8:45pm.
  • Kay S.
    Kay SalcedoAugust 13, 2014
    The coffee is good and the ambiance is very relaxing
  • Brian M.
    Brian MasefieldAugust 9, 2014
    Awesome book store. Amazing org. Happy, helpful staff.
  • Nate S.
    Nate SaeteAugust 4, 2014
    This book store is completely staffed by volunteers. Buy a book. Do good.
  • Yera H.
    Yera HaJune 28, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the iced latte, feel renewed
  • Kelsey L.
    Kelsey LeeJune 22, 2014
    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.
  • Kat V.
    Kat VallesJune 16, 2014
    Nice to get some (handwritten) work done here - no outlets!
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew CJune 6, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Order an iced latte and snag a balcony seat! Proceeds go to a great cause, too!
  • Mike S.
    Mike SingletonMay 20, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great place to have a meeting. Quiet, plenty of seats, and good drink options (coffee, wine, beer)
  • Katherine M.
    Katherine M.April 28, 2014
    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
  • Julia S.
    Julia San JuanApril 23, 2014
    Really great iced coffee.. Even better than La Colombe!
  • Sue
    SueMarch 6, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    By far my most favorite bookstore in the city :)
  • Freddy W.
    Freddy WexlerFebruary 28, 2014
    Best bookstore in the city and has free wifi.
  • Katie C.
    Katie ChanpongFebruary 12, 2014
    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!
  • Brooklyn
    BrooklynJanuary 17, 2014
    No public power plugs. Check to see if they have readings - they move tables and you won't be able to read/study/work.
  • Sean K.
    Sean KwonDecember 3, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    They have intelligentsia coffee for 1.50. Basically a steal
  • ConZerge
    ConZergeOctober 20, 2013
    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.
  • Talisman
    TalismanOctober 18, 2013
    Don't miss out on The Moth story slams!
  • Shawnie
    ShawnieSeptember 9, 2013
    If you're not going to purchase a book or overpriced coffee, at least stop in to use the free wi-fi :)
  • Danny H.
    Danny HertzAugust 24, 2013
    Amazing place to work with wifi, but no outlets!
  • Eliane v.
    Eliane vdBAugust 12, 2013
    Great place to get some work done while enjoying good music, sipping on a coffee. Warning: no outlets available for your laptop.
  • Jon M.
    Jon MuzzarelliAugust 3, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Volunteer's are great! Cool hats are a bonus
  • Ehtesh C.
    Ehtesh ChoudhuryJuly 19, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • Untapped Cities
    Untapped CitiesJuly 15, 2013
    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
  • Lisa L.
    Lisa LJuly 12, 2013
    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.
  • Ronaldo H.
    Ronaldo HidalgoJuly 9, 2013
    A bookstore that bumps Phoenix, sells beer, and has free wifi is all right by me.
  • Shawnie
    ShawnieJuly 6, 2013
    http://www.yelp.com/review_share/O4UeWRZLKuS3GRC4ELJRog/review/fjpI-QyQyuZnS0auWWu_FQ?fsid=GkOzUNvTAap8bgkCNfTU7Q
  • Ray L.
    Ray LinJuly 3, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    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
  • Shawnie
    ShawnieJune 27, 2013
    Hello, free wifi and quiet space!
  • Susan K.
    Susan KilleJune 18, 2013
    You can wrangle a free cup of their excellent coffee when dropping off a deposit for an event.
  • suelane d.
    suelane diasJune 9, 2013
    http://redirect.foursquare.com/l/?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.housingworksbookstore.org&sig=g7GPdQidFrkUW%2FSmIV3yQ0F2pM8%3D&s=venue-detail
  • Howard W.
    Howard WongJune 6, 2013
    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
  • Stage B.
    Stage BuddyApril 19, 2013
    Most of their events are FREE! Read more
  • Jess M.
    Jess MApril 17, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Crazy awesome books of every shape and color. It's a book lover/thrifter's paradise, with a cafe!
  • Akiyo H.
    Akiyo HamamotoMarch 3, 2013
    Mon–Fri: 10 AM–9 PM, Sat–Sun: 10 AM–5 PM
  • Caitlin C.
    Caitlin ClementsFebruary 10, 2013
    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.
  • Christine Danielle Lyons
    Christine Danielle LyonsFebruary 9, 2013
    Stop in here for a coffee and a chill read on your break.
  • Valerie L.
    Valerie LaiFebruary 6, 2013
    Awesome free literary and music events every week. The Moth Storyslam is excellent. Check their site for details. If you have spare time, sign up to volunteer!
  • annie l.
    annie lFebruary 5, 2013
    They do weddings!
  • Soyun J.
    Soyun JeeJanuary 28, 2013
    Grilled cheese and tomato soup for $8! So yummy. Hits the spot on a rainy day :)
  • Nina Y.
    Nina YiamsamathaJanuary 23, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    If you can snag a table on the balcony, do it. Just walk up one of the staircases.
  • Ray L.
    Ray LinJanuary 22, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • Kelly Ann G.
    Kelly Ann GonzalesJanuary 11, 2013
    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.
  • Nicholas B.
    Nicholas BeckDecember 17, 2012
    The selection here is terrific, and profits support an AIDS charity. Many stylish weddings are held at Housing Works, too
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneDecember 13, 2012
    Surprisingly, they serve a good and strong soy latte here for around $4. Deep, intense taste. Double roasted perhaps? Served in a pretty small tea cup and saucer. Get to browse used books too!
  • Isabella L.
    Isabella LauDecember 4, 2012
    Wifi available w/ purchase (SoHo)
  • Jemar "Meezy" S.
    Jemar "Meezy" SouzaDecember 2, 2012
    Don't waste money on bottled water; their iced tap water is frickin amazing.
  • eFlirt Expert
    eFlirt ExpertOctober 15, 2012
    Writing Nook Tip: A *must* for NYC writers. The cafe doesn't have outlets, but you're surrounded by inspiration everywhere.
  • Penguin Teen
    Penguin TeenOctober 2, 2012
    YA author Nova Ren Suma revised much of her upcoming novel 17 & Gone here. Learn more about Nova's books at http://www.NovaRenSuma.com
  • Atelier Minyon
    Atelier MinyonSeptember 27, 2012
    Great for used books! I love the upper balcony's structure.
  • Saj S.
    Saj SalickramSeptember 26, 2012
    Adhoc chair nooks to enjoy the books, subtle music and interesting company
  • Flor
    FlorAugust 25, 2012
    You can have a drink while you browse books and all the profits go to a noble cause... what else can you ask for?
  • Orion
    OrionAugust 21, 2012
    Would be a really nice place to take meetings; there's something relaxing about loads of books on shelves. Refreshments and food are only decent, but at least they're cheap! (3 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneJuly 27, 2012
    Awesome store for second hand finds and a cosy cafe within!
  • Karin
    KarinJuly 23, 2012
    Looking for a quiet afternoon oasis in the middle of SoHo? Look no further, and leave knowing you've supported a worthy cause
  • Karin
    KarinJuly 23, 2012
    Looking for a quiet afternoon oasis in the middle of SoHo? Look no further.
  • Skye K.
    Skye K.July 21, 2012
    They provide free condoms at check out, just in case you need some at the bookstore.
  • Luke K.
    Luke KingmaJuly 8, 2012
    None of the outlets work. Awesome... Bring your laptop charges.
  • Emilie B.
    Emilie BandyJune 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    We are having our wedding here in the fall. Affordable (for nyc), gorgeous and such helpful event staff!
  • Tamara H.
    Tamara HMay 21, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Iced chai w/ soy gives Mud a run for its money, and the walls-of-books aesthetic can't be beat.
  • Paul W.
    Paul WattMay 20, 2012
    Free wi-fi!
  • SideTour
    SideTourMay 8, 2012
    Great events most every night of the week. Catch an up-and-coming author book party or strike up a conversation with a HW volunteer. A great place to get a local taste of NYC.
  • Pia W.
    Pia WilsonMay 7, 2012
    Remember your monetary tip at the counter is a donation! Be generous!
  • Kotaro H.
    Kotaro HachinoheApril 25, 2012
    126 Crosby St (between Prince St & Jersey St) New York, NY 10012 (212) 334-3324Broadway Lafayette St (B, D, F, M), Prince St (N, R), Bleecker St (4, 6, 6X)Mon-Fri 10 am - 9 pm, Sat-Sun 10 am - 5 pm
  • MetroFocus
    MetroFocusApril 12, 2012
    Help Housing Works alleviate the impact of homelessness & HIV/AIDS by volunteering. Whether its volunteering at the cafe or helping out in the book stacks, every effort helps. Learn more on MetroFocus Read more
  • Catherine B.
    Catherine BatruniApril 12, 2012
    There are NO outlets for laptops here!!!!!! Make sure your laptop is fully charged if you are planning on working here for a few hours!!!
  • Rose
    RoseMarch 4, 2012
    Love a bookstore with actual chairs. Hang in the stacks the way it should be. Donate your old books here to complete the cycle.
  • Julia C.
    Julia CohenFebruary 18, 2012
    Strong coffee & eclectic mix ranging from The xx to Louis Armstrong... Great overall vibe
  • Glitz Latinoamérica
    Glitz LatinoaméricaFebruary 2, 2012
    Gossip Girl: Vanessa spots Charlie reading a strange book (Episode: 420)
  • Kate R.
    Kate RitchieJanuary 31, 2012
    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!
  • Cynthia D.
    Cynthia DrescherDecember 29, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Beautiful place, but during colder months all the tables are taken & the scene is extra crunchy. Warmer months? Blissfully quiet & fewer lonely hearts.
  • Kate S.
    Kate SilverDecember 20, 2011
    All proceeds go to AIDS charities, need I say more? Comfortable salon-style space with delicious coffee and amazing events.
  • Cynthia R.
    Cynthia ReyesOctober 31, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The vibe here is amazing! I love just coming in here and just relaxing while drinking my tea.
  • Dilek A.
    Dilek Akca HaskanOctober 19, 2011
    Best bookstore+coffee place in NYC! Loves studying here!
  • Bollare
    BollareSeptember 30, 2011
    Climb a rolling ladder and wheel through the two levels of vintage books or cozy up in the corner with a coffee and a page-turner. This Soho gem is the perfect spot to spend a cold winter day. —Tera
  • Paul M.
    Paul MaySeptember 11, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Turkey, brie and apple sandwiches are great!
  • Brian M.
    Brian MasefieldSeptember 5, 2011
    Buy a book and a cup of coffee. For a great cause! I love this place. They have just about everything in terms of books.
  • justinstoned
    justinstonedAugust 19, 2011
    Best sale books in NYC. All for a good cause too!
  • Suri R.
    Suri RAugust 18, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Free wifi, good coffee, great cause, wonderful volunteers. <3
  • Jade L.
    Jade LemonadeAugust 5, 2011
    Great selection of used books for cheap, tons of seating with a laid back ambiance.
  • Julia I.
    Julia IrwinJuly 18, 2011
    great place to camp out and get work done Read more
  • justinstoned
    justinstonedJuly 14, 2011
    Cheap books for a good cause. Win Win.
  • Hannah A.
    Hannah AbbottJuly 11, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The zucchini sandwich is delicious. The cafe staff are also really friendly
  • Anthony G.
    Anthony GalanteMay 31, 2011
    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.
  • Danielle B.
    Danielle BorschMay 26, 2011
    Feel good buying here b/c of the cause. Beautiful dark wood shelves and lots of cheap hidden gems in the books. Open up the covers and find that several are signed copies. Plus they host the Moth!
  • kim g.
    kim geunjinApril 23, 2011
    Here isn't green tea latte...
  • Matthew M.
    Matthew McKennaApril 5, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Always something good in the $.50, $1, $3 racks. Nice relaxed atmostphere and free wi-fi!
  • OMGICU
    OMGICUMarch 21, 2011
    Bookstores are among the best places to see women who look like Janeane Garofalo. But at Housing Works you might actually see Janeane herself.
  • Charlie S.
    Charlie SneathMarch 12, 2011
    sit, relax, and coffee. really laid back vibe.
  • Charlie S.
    Charlie SneathMarch 12, 2011
    check downstairs, too
  • Jonathan B.
    Jonathan BurstonMarch 12, 2011
    Try out the Morning Glory muffin. Definitely worth it
  • Jonathan B.
    Jonathan BurstonMarch 12, 2011
    A cool place to grab a coffee and muffin. Bear with the service it can be a little slow.
  • Adriana K.
    Adriana KaegiJanuary 30, 2011
    i gave them tons of my books when i moved, it is a great place to chill and read if you have the time
  • @cfnoble
    @cfnobleJanuary 22, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Kids book sale Fri-Sun. $1 softcovers. And sales support homeless services. Great place.
  • Stella B.
    Stella BellaJanuary 12, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything you buy goes to a great cause. Love to buy books and drinks here!
  • The Spark Group
    The Spark GroupJanuary 7, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    great place to actually get work done. the free wi-fi doesn't hurt.
  • Ethan C.
    Ethan CoteDecember 28, 2010
    Don't plan on staying a while until you make sure you have some laptop battery left, they have no power outlets!!!! Lame-o!
  • Chelsi N.
    Chelsi NakanoOctober 16, 2010
    Chill place to hang. Add an excellent cause and one very cute barista. = Perfect.
  • austin h.
    austin hooperOctober 12, 2010
    try the ben folds. it's delicious.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupOctober 8, 2010
    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.
  • Maxwell Z.
    Maxwell ZOctober 8, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Knock out a bunch of work with a good coffee for a great cause.
  • Daria
    DariaSeptember 18, 2010
    I love this place & it's great for meetings.
  • Oliveesz P.
    Oliveesz PtcAugust 19, 2010
    book lovers have come here..coolllest place Read more
  • Jo M.
    Jo MAugust 15, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    On a rainy day, its a nice (dry) place to get lost in a book, find a nice cozy spot on the upper level
  • Jade
    JadeJune 8, 2010
    Best place in the city to study and you just can't beat the free Wi-Fi!
  • Grace T.
    Grace ToyMay 29, 2010
    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.
  • Jonathan W.
    Jonathan WolfsonMay 18, 2010
    Slate Gabfest was here and Chrissie Hynde performs nezt week
  • Fiendishly B.
    Best bookstore in the city and such a great cause as well! Read more
  • Brett C.
    Brett CollinsonMarch 23, 2010
    Fond this cafe using worksnug.com
  • Laure X.
    Laure XMarch 22, 2010
    The wireless no longer seems to work here. They eliminated power access previously. Still nice for reading but no longer good for working.
  • David B.
    David BenjaminNovember 24, 2009
    Once a month, 30% off all books, music, DVD's. Usually the second weekend of the month, Saturday and Sunday all day.
  • Flavorpill
    FlavorpillOctober 6, 2009
    There are fantastic musical, comedy (every Tues at 8:30; free!), and reading events, plus a little-known, but great, used-record selection.
  • Nick D.
    Nick DouglasJuly 28, 2009
    Been here 50+ times
    Comedy on Tuesdays (not Wednesdays) is awesome.
  • Laura
    LauraApril 28, 2016
    Charmante bibliothèque / librairie / café idéal pour étudier où se détendre.
  • Erison d.
    Erison de MoraisApril 11, 2013
    Íiiiiuuuupieee!
  • Lev O.
    Lev OborinJune 1, 2012
    Что это за место? Не помню.
  • Contigo!
    Contigo!February 7, 2012
    Foi aqui que a atriz Anne Hathaway realizou sua festa de noivado com Adam Shulman. Parabéns pra eles! =D Read more
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