Housing Works Bookstore Cafe

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Housing Works Bookstore Cafe

Soho
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe is an extraordinarily unusual and endearing place. The two-level space—which stocks a range of literary fiction, nonfiction, rare books and collectibles—is a peaceful spot for solo relaxation or for meeting friends over coffee or wine. All proceeds from the café go to providing support services for homeless people living with HIV/AIDS. The premises also host an interesting array of literary events.
Venue name: Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
Contact:
Address: 126 Crosby St
New York
10012
Cross street: between E Houston and Prince Sts
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10am-9pm; Sat, Sun 10am-5pm
Transport: Subway: B, D, F, M to Broadway–Lafayette St; 6 to Bleecker St
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Patricia M

Cheap books & beer, what more can you ask for?!

I've purchased some of my favorite books of all time here for $1.00 or even 50 cents. If that's not a steal, I don't know what is. Regular books are cheaper than Barnes & Noble and it's for a good cause so you can't go wrong. Wish there were more places like this all over NYC.

Chloe W
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I visited Housing Works Bookstore Cafe for The Rap Year Book Launch Party and had an amazing time! The event staff did a great job of making the night fun and informative - there were some great speakers and refreshments and the vibe was great overall.  The space was packed with people, which made it difficult to fully look through the bookstore, but I was able to quickly glimpse some books that (had there not been ten people in between us) I would have definitely purchased on the spot. The fact that Housing Works is a great organization is the cherry on the sundae - I can't wait to visit this location again!

Jaime B

Housing Works is a New York City institution and one of the best organizations ever. This bookstore and café is staffed almost entirely by volunteer staff so that 100% of its proceeds go to the Housing Works organization, which advocates and supports the homeless and HIV/AIDS communities. The bookstore and café itself is a great space in Soho: Situated on a cobblestone street, the store has two levels, including a mezzanine, filled to the brim with donated used books. There’s also a café in back, so you can peruse the selection while sipping on a hot coffee. I bought a lot of holiday gifts here and was all the more happy with my purchases knowing that the money was going to a good cause. Also, this space is a venue for kick-ass events like MOTH Story Slam and literary speakers.


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This book store was absolutely terrible. I think that those people who frequent bookstore cafe should visit Bea for Books