shopping 09.15.14

Argosy Book Store

Hurricane Sandy quite literally threw bricks at Argosy, 116 E. 59th St. [Park/Lex] 212.753.4455, and sent in very unwelcome water. Still:
Argosy 1, Sandy 0.

You don't keep a family business like this going without a fight and founder Louis Cohen, who opened shop on 4th Avenue's Bookseller's Row in 1925, would no doubt be proud of his progeny's determination to repair the damage from the storm.

On the ceiling of the city's oldest independent bookseller hangs a model of a merchant ship for which the store is named. It's fitting, since Argosy has rare tomes from around the world in its six-floor building (and in its Brooklyn warehouse).

They have antiquarian treasures, modern first editions, antique maps and prints and autographs. Rare, leather-bound books are on the mezzanine, used books are in the basement, the deals are on the table in front of the store.

Storms blow through, Argosy sails on.

[For a more in-depth look at Argosy, read Janet Malcolm's excellent
New Yorker article on the shop.

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