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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. Unfortunately, I am unable to keep up with the closing of so many small businesses. So please check in advance that they are still open. It's 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.


Dashwood Books, Noho, Manhattan

Dashwood Books opened in 2005 and they describe themselves as "New York City’s only independent bookstore devoted entirely to photography." If you sneeze walking down Bond Street you might not even notice that they exist and you'd be missing out on a very special store. They are downstairs a few steps.

Dashwood specializes in contemporary photography books that you are not likely to find in other bookstores. Their selection includes "books that have no or very limited distribution in the United States including limited press runs from Japan, Germany and The Netherlands; artists self-published books, signed books and a carefully curated selection of collectible post-war titles."

I highly suggest this bookstore and it is inspiring to see that they are able to survive in the city. They are closed on Mondays and open at noon on other days.

Dashwood Books 33 Bond Street (between Lafayette and Bowery.)

Dashwood Books