Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble

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Union Square, New York
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  • Ariel V.
    Ariel VieraAugust 6, 2014
    This is one of the few remaining massive bookstores in the city, and it's a literary wonderland. Go here without any book in mind, just pick one up and start reading.
  • ImSo_Brooklyn
    ImSo_BrooklynOctober 7, 2014
    This barnes and nobles is about 4 floors! Starbucks is in the 4th floor I think. Have a great selection of books, new releases. Typical Barnes n nobles just bigger!
  • Resumelance
    ResumelanceOctober 28, 2011
    After purchasing your favorite coffee beverage, go straight to the job and career book section. Read up on how to make the best impression, but remember, practice makes perfect.
  • BlackStar Studios
    BlackStar StudiosAugust 9, 2011
    The biggest B&N in the city with a good selection of gaming and roleplaying books. More than a few Pathfinder supplements, but be sure and ask them to carry more!
  • Malene H.
    Malene HaldMay 6, 2016
    Three floors of books in every possible genre. Quiet and not crowded. Starbucks on one of the floors. Also pretty good selection of vinyls.
  • David N.
    David NewmanOctober 17, 2013
    Find my book, Do It! Marketing and then grab a coffee. Sit, read, enjoy, make a ton of money as an entrepreneur. Then you can sit in bookstores whenever you feel like it =)
  • Jeff M.
    Jeff MackOctober 23, 2014
    The biggest bookstore in New York that I know. They always have what I'm looking for plus there's a Starbucks on the top floor.
  • Marco S.
    Marco SousaApril 6, 2015
    Awesome big store. An entire Nook section and lots of cool geek stuff upstairs too.. including vinyl toys, POP figures, etc.
  • ANA
    ANASeptember 26, 2015
    I like the variety of magazines and i wish to provide more books on history, semantics, stylistics, astrology, sociology and psychology. also seating places for reading. the staff needs to be helpful
  • Farrar, Straus & Giroux
    Meet New York Times bestselling author and Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 7:00 PM as he reads from his book Thinking, Fast and Slow. Also with Josh Foer. Read more
  • Gennady P.
    Gennady PritskerSeptember 9, 2011
    The SAT / ACT section on the second floor is a pretty quiet place. The wooden chairs towards the back of the store are usually all full; a good place to harvest phone numbers, though.
  • Karolina C.
    Karolina CunneelyNovember 9, 2015
    Love this bookstore. Such a big location with a great variety of books and generally really awesome book signings and events.
  • N M.
    N MartinJanuary 29, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Love this space .... you can sit in the Cafe if your snacking on something and all the way upstairs if you are not
  • Adrianna G.
    Adrianna GrężakMay 27, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    I love coming here to browse the tables and staff suggestions - like what you'd find in an independent bookshop. They support small presses too.
  • Rick S.
    Rick SayreOctober 14, 2013
    now that it's fall there are a lot of big events planned - when the 4th floor is shut down, ask at the 3rd floor for the book you need - someone will bring it down for you!
  • VideoDanceTV
    VideoDanceTVNovember 1, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Check out Prana Power Yoga just down the street from B&N at 862 Broadway, 2nd Floor. HOT yoga classes for all levels. Check out Hour of Power, Prana to Music, and Candlelight Flow classes!
  • Matthew C.
    Matthew CaldecuttFebruary 19
    Been here 10+ times
    Stop by the cafe should you need a place to work in between meetings and chuckle when they tell you that they serve Starbucks coffee and don't accept Starbucks cards.
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneDecember 18, 2012
    Book signings and bands perform on the top floor stage. The Polyphonic Spree were here recently. Sound was great if a bit loud.
  • Jeffrey Gitomer
    Jeffrey GitomerJune 3, 2011
    Find my book, The Little Book of Leadership, then find your favorite reading spot. Learn how to be a better leader. Start today by reading, studying, and applying the lessons and examples in the book! Read more
  • Stephenie D.
    One of my top 5 favorite stores. They always have the books I'm looking for, they're very organized, and it's just so peaceful in here.
  • Lex B.
    Lex BOctober 15, 2011
    Arguably the best B & N to browse at, but the cafe- full of freeloaders and unsmiling employees, isn't fun to have a cup of coffee at.
  • Brent C.
    Brent CaswellAugust 28, 2016
    Good break from the heat or cold. Large store that has pretty much any book or magazine you could want. Bathrooms!
  • Compass
    CompassApril 25, 2014
    As one of the largest book sellers in the city, Barnes & Noble is known for its excellent lecture series, classes, and well-stocked shelves.
  • K. C.
    K. ChaeApril 16, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Almost impossible to find a chair to seat on 3rd floor star bucks. Instead, grab your coffee and head up 4th floor, where you will find a bunch of seats available(though without a table).
  • Liza
    LizaDecember 5, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    You can't sit on the aisles, you can't sit by the windows, you can't sit by the kid section unless you have a kid. No place to sit unless you can find one by the always crowded Starbucks.
  • JoAnn L.
    JoAnn LefebvreJune 28, 2011
    If you are a Social Media, PR, or Marketing professional, be on the lookout for Social Media Analytics by Marshall Sponder. In B&N August 19. Bloggers and profs order desk copied now from McGraw Hill.
  • Afi Y.
    Afi Yellow-DukeJune 23, 2015
    Good place to go if the Strand makes you nervous or something. There's free WiFi and decent pastries upstairs too.
  • Lüc Carl
    Lüc CarlDecember 9, 2011
    It’s a book store. No shit. They have a lot of books. I frequent the sports and health sections. You can buy my book here. Buy 4 copies.
  • Ian F.
    Ian FrancisAugust 16, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Peruse and purchase that new book you were eyeing. Ample enough space to take a break after walking around the city, or to meet up with friends.
  • Stefan O.
    Stefan OscarSeptember 19, 2011
    Maybe the best bookstore experience worldwide. Huge selection, many special offers and a good and convenient cafe. I like it.
  • Jisu P.
    Jisu PMay 31, 2014
    This is my favorite Barnes and noble! It's huge! You can always go read your new book right across the street at Union Square Park.
  • Dennis M.
    Dennis McDaidSeptember 4, 2016
    It's a Barnes and Noble, so good selection. But no wall outlets in the café and they yell at you for sitting and reading near the bookcases.
  • Shoshanah W.
    Shoshanah WDecember 18, 2011
    When there's no speaker on the 4th floor, you can just chill in one of the chairs they have set up and read something off the shelves.
  • Gabrielle Bernstein
    Gabrielle BernsteinOctober 14, 2011
    Pick up a copy of my new book #SpiritJunkie and forward your recept to events@herfuture.com to get live-stream access to my special 11-11-11 lecture or purchase a ticket to my live event in NYC! Read more
  • Kris S.
    Kris SMay 14, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Great selection of kids toys and nice play area on those hot, cold or rainy days in NYC.
  • Jenny
    JennyApril 17, 2012
    love that i can put a book on hold online and choose what bn to pick it up at,no need to go crazy looking for it :)
  • Madeline M.
    Madeline McDavidJanuary 11, 2016
    Pretty good selection of DVDs and Blu-Ray films including a vast array of criterion collection editions. Frequent sales.
  • Mike O.
    Mike O'TooleAugust 15, 2011
    Believe it or not, the cafe here has some really amazing chocolate chunk cookies. Way better than your typical Starbucks cookie.
  • Bekah E.
    Bekah EatonJune 16, 2012
    The Starbucks on the third floor is my secret hideaway! They offer hot soup and small quiet tables. :)
  • The New York Daily News
    PHOTO: Good luck finding parking on Union Square now, but in 1924 the plaza outside was a parking lot! See the old fashioned autos lined up, at the link! Read more
  • Deep G.
    Deep GujralJanuary 13, 2014
    They usually have a phenomenal selection of books on the 3rd floor (bargain book section):
  • Physique 57
    Physique 57February 2, 2012
    Check out our fitness & diet book, The Physique 57 Solution, and get your best body fast! This 2-week plan will help you lose up to 10 inches & drop pounds quickly.
  • St. Martin's Press
    St. Martin's PressJanuary 9, 2013
    Meet Bravo TV executive and Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen on Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 7:00 PM as he reads from his memoir Most Talkative. Read more
  • PayPal
    PayPalFebruary 26, 2013
    You can pick up all your favorites at Barnes & Noble. Don’t forget to pay at the register using PayPal: http://bit.ly/YTD17j.
  • Pamela P.
    Pamela PackerApril 25, 2015
    This is the original (aka first) Barnes and Noble. Sells vinyl records in front. Fantastic appearances by authors and politicians like Elizabeth Warren! (March 2015).
  • Kim W.
    Kim WilliamsMay 11, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Pretzels are so good. Spinach feta is still my fave, but asiago cheese is yummy too.
  • Jose M.
    Jose MedinaAugust 15, 2014
    Huge store. Sells Starbucks coffee inside. Really good selection of books to purchase.
  • Juston P.
    Juston PayneJanuary 5, 2012
    In the rare event you find a table, grab it quickly. Then sell it to someone else waiting. Repeat all day. Live like a pharaoh.
  • Patrick Y.
    Patrick YaccoMarch 29, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Come early for events and be prepared to spend -- they won't let you sit without purchasing a book!
  • Brian G.
    Brian Grogan Jr.October 4, 2015
    Four floors of books, gadgets, and toys. One of my favorite spots for a quiet afternoon of book browsing.
  • Kim P.
    Kim PhạmDecember 12, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Grab a latte and snag a seat by the windows on the 4th floor overlooking Union Square for some serene study/procrastination time.
  • Autumn G.
    Autumn GJanuary 16, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Maybe if they had more seating ppl wudnt feel the need to sit on the floor. Srsly, the best thing about BandN is the being able to sit on the floor!
  • justinstoned
    justinstonedJuly 14, 2011
    Great SciFi & Fantasy section on 4th floor. Watch your footing always tons of people sitting in isles. #BuyItAlready
  • Emma L.
    Emma LarsonAugust 1, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The lady working in the children's department is SO mean. This is the second time I've gotten yelled at by her, for something that could've easily been asked (i.e. move your stroller).
  • Richard D.
    Richard D.June 25, 2012
    Great for people who want to use the wifi, eat and have coffee - not so great for those who are looking for a book that isn't on a best sellers list.
  • pAx
    pAxDecember 10, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
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  • Jay S.
    Jay SekulowDecember 19, 2016
    This Barnes & Noble is one of my favorites in all of NYC. There are so many books here to choose from!
  • Rachel B.
    Rachel BMarch 25, 2012
    Check out my anthology "Hot Mess: speculative fiction about climate change" now available on Nook. 3.99 for six stories by five authors. Try a sample! Read more
  • Racky R.
    Racky RossOctober 24, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    I love walking around the shelves here, look for good books, and get warm in chilly winter days.
  • Cameron G.
    Massive. The crowds can be overwhelming, but it's a great store with a huge selection.
  • Jonah E.
    Jonah EnglerApril 25, 2016
    Best Barnes & Noble I have ever been too. Free WiFi, Great cafe n stage!
  • Eddie R.
    Eddie R.August 21, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    I usually come to read in-between business meetings. Free wi-fi, close to plenty eateries, etc.
  • Aniruddha M.
    Aniruddha MandkeOctober 12, 2014
    Books & books. You'll end up finding most books. Kids section is pretty good & well equipped with learning material.
  • Farrar, Straus & Giroux
    Farrar, Straus & GirouxSeptember 26, 2014
    Meet Special Olympics Chairman Timothy Shriver on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 7:00 PM as he reads from his new book Fully Alive, also in conversation with Martha Beck. Read more
  • Humane Society
    Humane SocietyApril 5, 2011
    Book signing April 21: Join Wayne Pacelle, the CEO and President of The Humane Society of the United States, in celebrating the debut of The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them. Read more
  • Patrick Y.
    Patrick YaccoSeptember 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    My favorite time to visit is when all of the escalators are functioning. Sadly, not as often as I'd like.
  • Sean H.
    Sean HartDecember 21, 2012
    Don't be a dum dum, if there is a line at the cashier downstairs, go to the cafe. They can ring up your books. Or steal.
  • AshLeigh M.
    AshLeigh McNeilFebruary 7, 2013
    This location is great for finding the books you want, but the cashiers can be a little rude. Make sure you speak loudly because they seem hard of hearing.
  • AT&T
    AT&TSeptember 15, 2011
    This Barnes & Noble store is also an AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spot. Curl up with your Nook and connect with AT&T Wi-Fi.
  • LaToya M.
    LaToya MonahSeptember 23, 2011
    The artichoke & cheese quiche at the Starbucks on the third floor tastes amazing!
  • @JaumePrimero
    @JaumePrimeroApril 18, 2012
    The best location in Manhattan. Love the new Nook area!
  • Juston P.
    Juston PayneJanuary 5, 2012
    This cavernous B&N is the absolute best place in the city to figure out what to buy on Amazon.
  • rabi
    rabiMay 29, 2011
    Read the staff recommendations -- they're funny, charming, and sincere (and sometimes good too!)
  • Salih Seckin S.
    Salih Seckin SevincDecember 7, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    It's heaven. You'll not only find books but also inspiration.
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    My fave barnes & noble. Hugeee & at a very convenient location
  • Matthew G.
    Matthew G.March 17, 2010
    Grab an armload of books and take a seat on the 4th floor; It has plenty of chairs, room to spread out, and occasional book signings.
  • Magnus M.
    Magnus MartinMarch 4, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Please don't come here unless you plan on sitting or laying on the floor. I've noticed the best place to do this is in front of the signs saying 'thank you for not sitting in our aisles.'
  • FitCities
    FitCitiesMarch 26, 2012
    Don't forget to pick up an armband so that you can take your iPod/iPhone along with you on your next run!
  • Jesse L.
    Jesse LaneMay 19, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    My happy place. Staff members are super responsive and helpful
  • Jeff W.
    Jeff WooFebruary 18, 2014
    The Starbucks wifi is better on the floor above it. More seats there too.
  • Jenna L.
    Jenna LeongOctober 12, 2011
    Good bathroom spot if you need one. Not enough chairs for reading. All outlets are covered too.
  • Dana C.
    Dana CorteseJuly 3, 2012
    Never ending book shelves! Book not in stock? Download an e-book from the store your convenient of your home with a Nook e-reader!
  • Ivy
    IvyJuly 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Fans of "how I met your mother" stop and take a look at these! Totally "wait for it" hilarious!
  • Bloomberg TV HD
    Bloomberg TV HDDecember 13, 2012
    Massachusetts ranks #1 in most bookstores per square mile followed by New Jersey and Connecticut.
  • Raul
    RaulJanuary 4, 2011
    On your nook, you can read any book in-store for an hour every day when connected to B&N WiFi!
  • JenKudu
    JenKuduAugust 2, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Love the staff recommendations in paperback. Always a good selection :)
  • Elina N.
    Elina NikitinaFebruary 22
    Love this store!!! One of the best in NYC!
  • Angelique H.
    Angelique HoutveenFebruary 26, 2016
    I love this location. Great books on music. Nice vibe.
  • Laura R.
    Laura RamirezDecember 22, 2015
    I like this book store they have a lot of the latest books that come out and also they always have a sale
  • Farrar, Straus & Giroux
    Meet Barnard College president Debora Spar on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 7:00 PM as she reads from her new book Wonder Women. Also with Nora O'Donnell. Read more
  • Robert A.
    Robert AlvarezApril 13, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    Very professional staff, in both the store and the cafe.
  • Maria M.
    Maria Maximova2 weeks ago
    You can find everything what you want here! Lovely book store))
  • Jersey S.
    Jersey SopranoMay 20, 2014
    Best atmosphere of any Barns and Noble I've been to in a while.
  • Jenn S.
    Jenn SchwartzSeptember 13, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The ultimate place to catch a moment of peace (or a celebrity book signing) in the city. 📖
  • Leeza
    LeezaSeptember 11, 2014
    One of my favorite places. So many floors, so many options.
  • Adrian J.
    Adrian JordanAugust 21, 2010
    There are mad floors to enjoy in this Union Square odyssey. Love the Double-Chocolate Chip Frap too.
  • Sheila L.
    Sheila LeeDecember 31, 2014
    If you shop frequently (even if only at holiday time) you'll make back the membership fee easily.
  • Mugren O.
    Mugren OAugust 15, 2015
    A wide selection of books. I consider this to be the flagship store of Manhattan.
  • Random House P.
    Here for George RR Martin's book signing of A DANCE WITH DRAGONS tonight at 7pm? Use #grrm on Twitter to interact with other fans and his publisher!
  • Lily C.
    Lily ChenJanuary 25, 2012
    They need more seats! On the other hand, clean bathrooms and a cozy environment.
  • Nino d.
    Nino de MeloNovember 17, 2014
    Lugar ótimo pra passar um tempo vendo livros, dvd's, cd's... A variedade de artigos é grande e tem uma Starbucks.
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