Indie Bookstores: McNally Jackson Books Owner On Why They Keep Going

10/25/2010 08:58 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Jeremiah Chamberlin Poets & Writers

It's also clear that this store is an integral part of the fabric of this neighborhood. It's located in a vibrant area of lower Manhattan--though technically in NoLita (North of Little Italy), it's also on the eastern fringe of SoHo (South of Houston)--that is filled with boutiques, hip coffee shops, and trendy restaurants. On the Thursday morning that I showed up, there were already several people waiting for the place to open. One person sat casually on a bench outside the bookstore's café, others chatted together on the sidewalk, and a few peered in the front windows at the beautiful display of arranged books.

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