Housing Works Bookstore

Books in SoHo & Chinatown

Relaxed, earthy and featuring a great selection of secondhand books, vinyl, CDs and comics you can buy for a good cause (proceeds go to the city's HIV-positive and AIDS-infected homeless population), this creaky hideaway is a very local place to while away a few quiet afternoon hours browsing, sitting in the on-site cafe, or rummaging in its adjoining thrift store.

Check the website for regular events, which include highly entertaining Moth StorySLAM (www.themoth.org) storytelling competitions.