From light beach reads to page-turning thrillers, getting lost in a book is the perfect way to spend a weekend afternoon. And with so many independent bookstores around Long Island, your new favorite novel might just be a few blocks away.
Long Island was home to many great authors, including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Truman Capote, and even poet Walt Whitman. This area's literary legacy lives on through our dozens of independent bookstores, which have become important community assets. These shops not only provide an excellent inventory of literature but also serve as neighborhood gathering spaces, promote learning, and host local events.
National Book Lovers Day is August 9th, so it's your chance to explore a new Long Island independent bookshop. Here are five recommendations from our real estate agents:
- Dolphin Bookshop - 299 Main St., Port Washington, NY 11050
A classic neighborhood bookstore, Dolphin Bookshop carries an extensive selection of children's literature and also hosts numerous community events for kids. They also carry popular new release literature titles and various other genres. The bookstore even hosts a book club! After grabbing something new to read, take a walk by these gorgeous Port Washington homes for sale.
- Booklover's Paradise - 2972 A, Merrick Rd., Bellmore, NY 11710
With its massive selection, it's easy to get lost in Booklover's Paradise. This unique bookstore truly offers rare and out-of-print titles you can't find anywhere else. It's not uncommon to find large stacks of new and used titles everywhere. This store is fun to explore, and it could take you days to comb through its inventory. Best of all, it's just down the street from these Bellmore homes for sale.
- Turn The Page Again - 39-15 Bell Blvd., Bayside, NY 11361
Turn The Page Again isn't just an ordinary bookstore; this nonprofit shop's mission is to help people with a mental health diagnosis gain skills and confidence they need to be successful. This incredible community asset supports programming that educates the community about mental illness. They also carry a rotating selection of titles spanning many genres, so it's a great place to find a new read. This great organization is located down the street from these Bayside homes for sale.
- Blue Door Books - 501 Central Ave., Cedarhurst, NY 11516
An excellent selection and a knowledgeable staff are two highlights of this independent Long Island bookstore. Bestsellers, children's literature, antique books, and loads of knickknacks—Blue Door Books has it all. And with its cozy neighborhood bookstore vibe, you'll feel right at home. After browsing the selection, schedule a tour of one of these nearby Hewlett homes for sale.
- Locust Valley Bookstore - 8 Birch Hill Rd., Locust Valley, NY 11560
This small bookshop is the perfect place to find a gift for the reader in your life. The store offers a carefully selected inventory of new and old titles as well as many other odds and ends. Looking for something special? The staff at Locust Valley Bookstore is happy to order whatever you need, and most titles arrive at the store within 24 hours. If you like the neighborhood, you'll love these Locust Valley homes for sale.
Ready to expand your literary horizons? You could truly spend hours browsing the selection at these Long Island bookstores. Contact us today for more local business recommendations.