Buried between two large, busy intersections of New York City and hidden under scaffolding is the Housing Works Bookstore Café located on 126 Crosby Street. This bookstore’s mission is to fight AIDS – one book at a time. Everything in this bookstore is donated – records, CDs, DVDs, VHS videos – and everything is sold under its retail price. Most books I came across were $6-$10 – all in great condition.
All the employees volunteer and all the profits go toward fighting AIDS and providing housing to people with AIDS. You can donate or volunteer, buy a book and sip some coffee. It’s a great way to give back and perhaps, maybe even discover something new amongst the shelves. I usually like to grab a cup of coffee and spend the entire afternoon rummaging the bookshelves. Here is where I found Che Guevara’s Motorcycle Diaries for $5.
More info about Housing Works Bookstore Cafe:
Housing Works Bookstore Café has established itself as a New York downtown institution and tourist destination for the last decade. Special events and a fully stocked cafe make this a great place to meet friends, relax and shop the best book, movie and music selection in New York City. Our one of a kind space is available for rental and all of our merchandise is donated. We are staffed almost entirely by volunteers and 100% of our profits go to Housing Works, Inc.