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Mysterious Bookshop

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129 W 56TH St
New York, NY 10019
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(212) 765-0900
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Otto Penzler has owned this peculiar below ground shop for nearly 25 years, and if you are a fan of this creepy genre you'll find a wide variety of first editions and used books,...

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Mysteries in Midtown 5/17/2002

Otto Penzler has owned this peculiar below ground shop for nearly 25 years, and if you are a fan of this creepy genre you'll find a wide variety of first editions and used books, some in near mint condition. Climb up a spiral staircase and the store doubles in size. Prices are fair. more
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  • The Feel
    The shop's entrance, at the basement level of an old graystone wedged between midtown skyscrapers, opens up into the mood-lit paperback section. A rickety iron staircase spirals through the tin ceiling, up to the hardcovers and a roomier, fluorescent-lit space.

    The Goods
    The basics as well as rare finds; though you'll have to browse, since used books, signed first editions and new releases are lumped together by author. Used titles in near-mint condition average $15, while leather-bound signed editions by the likes of Elmore Leonard and Patricia Highsmith run around $100.

    The Club
    The vast majority of the store's business is mail order: 3,300 far-flung customers in Europe, Japan, Brazil and elsewhere read Penzler's monthly newsletter or join the store's book-of-the-month clubs, choosing among categories like "British Crime" and "Malice Domestic."

  • 8/17/2003 Provided by Citysearch

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  • Hours:

    Mon-Sat 11:00am- 7:00pm.
  • Neighborhoods:

    Clinton, Midtown

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