Best 18 miles in Manhattan (2008)

The Strand

The Strand bookstore promises its customers in New York—and internationally—"18 Miles of Books." Not even the legendary Foyle's Books in London comes close to the Strand in the adventures along those 18 miles. Whatever you're looking for, you'll find surprises—books you never knew you yearned for until you see them on the tables and shelves. And if you call 212-473-1452, there's a button you can press for a search for books. But being there for the unexpected discoveries is more fun. Plus, the guy behind the counter is often Fred Bass, the flagship's captain, with an encyclopedic knowledge of books, many of which he's read.

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