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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!

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.


Word Books, Greenpoint, Brooklyn

On a very happening street in Greenpoint is Word Books. If you're in the neighborhood it's definitely worth checking them out and I definitely recommend Greenpoint! Word Books' genres are across the spectrum and they also have events as well. In case you aren't actually able to be in their physical location they also sell books online . I love the messages in their windows! "Eat, Sleep, Read, Word." And also a quote from Audrey Lorde, "I am deliberate and afraid of nothing."

Word Books - 126 Franklin Street.