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Housing Works Used Book Cafe

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126 Crosby St, New York City, NY 10012-3326
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

Housing works is always worth a look to see if that coffee table masterpiece from a few years ago is here at 50% off. Or for that best seller you missed. Travel, health, history and more are located on the mezzanine. There is a cafe in the back of the store. Sit down with a coffee and browse through your... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

With so few bookshops left, every independent is to be cherished. This place has a great selection of books. Comfortable tables and chairs make it look more like a library than bookshop (which is how many of the clients seem to use it). Cafe is adequate but not great. Two pre-made sandwiches were grilled for us, but came cold (the... More 

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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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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 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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Bristol, United Kingdom
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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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New York City, New York
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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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Restaurant Details

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Open Hours
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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

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Once the artistic hub of New York, SoHo is now one of the premiere shopping destinations in the world. Housing everything from the most popular luxury brands to swank boutiques you won’t find anywhere else, this is a sophisticated shopper’s dream come true. Broadway is teeming with big-name stores and people during the day, while Prince and Spring Streets are the other main drags to explore. Take a detour down the quieter side streets to see the real star of the district – the world’s largest collection of intricate and elegant cast-iron architecture. What were once warehouses and art studios are now meticulously restored loft buildings favored by many of New York’s celebrities, making SoHo one of the trendiest addresses in the city.
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