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Housing Works Used Book Cafe

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126 Crosby St, New York City, NY 10012-3326
212-334-3959
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10:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
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My wife and I particularly appreciate this place that allows us to get out of the hectic life of Soho and forget time. The place is beautifully decorated, warm, and the presence of books all around us pushes us to feel more intelligent! Joke truce, we love it and we support their humanitarian... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 19, 2015
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

My wife and I particularly appreciate this place that allows us to get out of the hectic life of Soho and forget time. The place is beautifully decorated, warm, and the presence of books all around us pushes us to feel more intelligent! Joke truce, we love it and we support their humanitarian approach.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

What a great space,full of donated books, music & movies & staffed by volunteers. Their aim is to end the crisis of homelessness & AIDS. Their philosophy is emblazened on a wall. A surprise to see the beautiful interior. The Cafe seems popular with all kinds of people, It's a quiet environment where people can eat, drink, work, read, relax,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Quite simply the best coffee and fresh cookies we had in New York. And at a sensible price. I couldn't fault it. (Mind you, what I didn't spend on over-priced coffee elsewhere, I more than made up for on books in the shop here!)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2012 via mobile

This used book store is a treasure trove, a sanctuary and an organizing tool. I love them. Your purchase supports The organization : HW advocates for and provides services to homeless folks with HIV and AIDs. Long live housing works.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2011

This is a wonderful bookstore, and since all of the books, CDs, DVDs, etc. are donated (this is a nonprofit organization), you'll pay half the cover price or less. Check out the $1 and 50 cent carts. The cafe serves great coffee, pastries, muffins, sandwiches, cookies, and quiche, all reasonably priced. You can also order a beer or wine. The... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2008

favorite coffee shop/used bookstore to do work, read, etc..

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Additional Information about Housing Works Used Book Cafe

Address: 126 Crosby St, New York City, NY 10012-3326
Phone Number: 212-334-3959
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > SoHo
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Average Prices: USD $10
Cuisine: Coffee Shop

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 126 Crosby St, New York City, NY 10012-3326
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > SoHo
  • Neighborhood: SoHo
  • Phone Number: 212-334-3959

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD $10
  • Cuisine: Coffee Shop
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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