Tuesday, February 3, 2009


Argosy Bookstore on East 59th St. sells old and rare books, some for $8,000 and some for just $1. Wealthy people in this city like to call bookstores like Argosy or Strand and ask the workers to stock their home library with the best of the best book collections; books they'll spend a lot of money on but might never read.

Argosy also sells antique maps and prints, like this one of New York.

Stores like Argosy and Strand are easy to get lost in and let time simply fade. They're true bookstores - no glossy magazines trying to sell you things, no Starbuck's coffee shop within it, and no "Best Sellers List" dictating what you should read. We understand technologies like the Kindle wireless reading device for frequent travelers, but there's nothing like the smell and feel of a book in your hands. If only we had more free time.