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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!


Book Thug Nation, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Book Thug Nation is very cool. Used bookstores are always about discovering books and authors you didn't know about or ones that you forgot about. I am a self-confessed book lover and this store is a real find. They also have events and they call themselves a community space. Oh and they are across the street from Mast Brothers.

"We carry a wide selection of quality used books at low prices. Our focus is in Literary Fiction (boasting one of the best used fiction sections in NYC!), Film and Philosophy.  We also have solid collections of Sci-Fi, Mystery/Noir, Poetry, Drama, History, Erotica, Foriegn Language, Graphic Novels, Childrens and Art.  Martial Arts, too!"

Book Thug Nation, 100 North 3rd Street between Berry Street and Wythe Avenue

Book Thug Nation