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Housing Works Used Book Cafe

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126 Crosby St, New York City, NY 10012-3326
+1 212-334-3959
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good30%
  • Average7%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Jan 21, 2017
“Best cafe, best bookstore on Manhattan”
Jun 8, 2016
“Good reading material, good value”
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126 Crosby St, New York City, NY 10012-3326
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Reviewed January 21, 2017 via mobile

Established enough to be well stocked and staff; small enough to always get a spot to sit, sip and read.

Thank Lachlan G
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...More

Thank crumpet212
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...More

Thank Daniel B
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,...More

Thank John L
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...More

Thank Clio H
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!)

Thank Keith W
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.

Thank Jetsettica
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,...More

1  Thank R H
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Reviewed February 4, 2008

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

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  • Address: 126 Crosby St, New York City, NY 10012-3326
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > SoHo
  • Neighborhood: SoHo
  • Phone Number: +1 212-334-3959
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