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Discover NYC – Your Guide to Indie Businesses

Discover the local, independent businesses that are the heart and soul of NYC in Shoot New York City’s guide to the best of indie New York!

Discover the real NYC in Shoot New York City’s Discover Guide

I love the independent businesses in New York, they are the heart and soul of the city! In this section you will find bookstores, cafés, restaurants, arts & crafts markets and more. This is an ongoing project to list the best of indie New York so visit often to discover the real New York City. Experience the hidden gems and places that New Yorkers frequent. For more information on many of NYC’s vibrant neighborhoods, have a read of my Neighborhood Guides. I am not compensated for writing these reviews and I'm only writing about the places that I like.

Sadly, far too many of these unique, independent businesses close every year. When I learn of one closing I will move it to the category Vanishing NYC. They may be gone but they’ll never be forgotten!


Beryl's Poetry, Dumbo, Brooklyn

All I can say is, if you love poetry like I do, Beryl's is very special! A bookstore devoted to poetry! Wow! It is a one of a kind in New York City! They specialize in indie press chapbooks and books. I always discover new poets just browsing through the tables and shelves.

The atmosphere is relaxed and the people who work there are very friendly. It is a family run business. They often host poetry readings as well. A word of caution, their hours are a bit different than other bookstores. At the time of writing this post, their hours are daily from about 3-7pm.

Beryl's Poetry, 141 Front Street