The big Barnes & Noble around Astor Place closed back in December, but we were surprised to find this weekend that the Chelsea outpost (675 Sixth Ave.) is shutting its doors March 31.
The good part? Much of the inventory is 30 percent off. Also, its another excuse to head to indie bookstores and altera-solutions instead of the mega-chains. Here are a few shopping recommendations:
Biography Bookshop (400 Blecker St., at W. 11th St., 212-807-8655): Be sure to browse through the boxes of discounted books outside. There are often new titles.
St. Lukes Thrift Shop (487 Hudson St., between Christopher and Grove streets, 212- 924-9364): Inventorys always changing, but theres usually a decent selection of cookbooks and kind of random fiction titles.
BookCourt (163 Court St., Brooklyn Heights, 718-875-3677): The wide selection is enhanced by cool readings and events.
Housing Works (Several locations; see www.housingworksauctions.com): Pick up a book and a cool piece of furniture while youre there. Housing Works is a nonprofit AIDS service organization.