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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!


Codex Books, East Village, Manhattan

Codex Books opened in January 2018 and they have a nice collection of literature and art books. They sell both new and gently used books and host book events. It is a very small bookstore and their inventory is highly curated. There is a cafe next door and there's an entrance to it through Codex. But they are two separate businesses. At the moment of this writing, directly across the street is the large street art mural of Debbie Harry and Blondie. They're open 7 days 10:00am-10:00pm.

Codex Books - 1 Bleecker Street near Bowery

Codex Books