I've been coming to Gotham since I was a teenager. It's a pleasure to roam the dusty bookshelves. I remember one rainy afternoon sitting on the floor hunting for an out of print book, and finding it. The staff is extremely helpful and knowledgeable. They answer your questions sans snotty attitude of another bookstore I can think of on downtown Broadway. This is what reading is all about. It's all about the books - not the coffee, the greeting cards, the superstore. Just about the books and what's inside them.
Pros: History, Staff, Selection
Cons: a little bit of dust