What the guidebooks won't tell you

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Oscar Wilde Bookshop

Not that you’d know it by counting the number of LGBT publishers and indie bookstores in existence, but queer lit is alive and well. For proof, just slip into this tiny but packed-to-the-rafters bookstore, which turns 40 this month. Owner Kim Brinster may be surrounded by superstores, but her shelves—rich with everything from rarities and classics to hot-off-the-press fiction—show no sign of caving.

The secret:
Katie Holmes swung by the store and bought two DVDs right before it went public that she was dating Tom Cruise. No word on what the titles were. 15 Christopher St at Gay St (212-255-8097, oscarwildebooks.com)