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A good, broad selection is the main attraction here, but the SoHo store also is known for robust programming, particularly lectures and book clubs. The store's whirring Espresso Book Machine helps writers self-publish (for a fee). The menu of the charming on-site cafe even features literary quotes for each item.

WHERE 152 Prince St.

INFO 212-274-1160, mcnallyjackson.com(Credit: Natan Dvir)

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Independent bookstores in New York City

First, it was the superstore. Then, it was the Internet and the e-book. But none of those forces killed the hearty independent bookstore, as predicted. Instead, New York has continued to maintain a high level of bookshops; quirky, smart and inviting examples are all over the city. -- TED LOOS. Special to Newsday