Friday, December 23, 2016

The Irregular Guide to New York City Entry #15: The Secret Speakeasy Bookstore



Somewhere on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, on the second floor of a building in the East 80s, is a secret (and technically illegal) bookstore known as Brazenhead Books. It’s run by a man named Michael Seidenberg, who has turned his own apartment into a wonderland of used books. The store’s address is a secret, but those who find it are welcomed warmly. Once inside, there’s a chance you could end up rubbing elbows with some of New York’s best-known writers, but you’ll definitely leave with something you can’t wait to read.

Video here!

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11 comments:

Julia said...

*gasps* Secrets AND books? I must go there! Once I figure out where it is............ Anyone have any secrets about where it is?????

Ali *woot woot* said...

0.o That is my kind of place.

Anonymous said...

If the place is a secret, why did you include the owner's name?

Anonymous said...

She said the name so we can find the bookstore. I found the address in under 5 minutes using only @ websites, one of them being the link included to the video. There is a very important clue in the actual article.

sillygirl711 said...

WOOT!
Ok, so in the video he said his name is in the phonebook, so it is like he is hiding in plain site. I looked him up on white pages, and found it!! I live on the west coast, but next time I go to NY, I am so going there! I will not tell you the adress, because I want you to have the satisfaction of finding it, but watch the video, find an online NY phone book, and voila. You also know he is on the upper east side :) Happy searching!

Ali forever said...

Kirsten? You giving away any ARCs today???

Ali forever said...

I guess not.

Anonymous said...

Also, why is it illegal?

Anonymous said...

Why is the bookstore illegal? My bet is the house is zoned for residential use, not commercial/retail. Sometimes there's also building code issues. Oh wow, can there be building code issues (there was great grief at a former employer when the building management found out I was parking my bike under the stairwell, and even worse grief when I told them that was where my boss told me I had to park my bike!).

Robert in San Diego, you know, earthquake country.

Anonymous said...

I want to visit New York some day, and that is now on my list of things to do. :)

Pickles Picasso said...

I think I found it!!!!!!! @Sillygirl- You're right, the satisfaction of finding it is so, so, epical.

*bounces up and down with happiness*