From its creaky floorboards to those skuzzy carpets and ever-teetering piles of books, this legendary locals' fave is the best place in town to peruse a cornucopia of used tomes. It's the ideal spot for a rainy-day browse through subjects from dance to the occult. Check the windows for posters of local readings and artsy happenings around the city.

A few steps in from the door, look out for the travel section. It's ideal for picking up a guidebook to 1987 New York, just in case you're a time-traveller planning a trip.