Newly renovated with an elevator, more floors and a bathroom that's not too scary Strands is the best used book store in the city. Even with the new renovations the books are still a little disorganized so if you are on a search for a specific book you will be doing some digging a la Indiana Jones style. Don't bother getting any books about New York. They are usually out of date. Stick with the fiction books or any hard to find books from decades ago. That's where you'll find the real gold.