Simply the best bookstore in New York City. It’s smaller than most, so it doesn’t have the same selection as a megastore, thank goodness. None of the tat, just a great selection of fiction and nonfiction classics and newly published books. There is a small but excellent collection of cookbooks, and a wonderfully curated selection of books about New York City. Most importantly, Three Lives looks and sounds like a bookstore should: quietly creaky wooden floors, very low and appropriate background music, small niches where you can sit and preview your potential purchase, and staff and customers (usually) talking at a whisper. No surprise that it registered at a calming 61.9 decibels. A must visit for the book lover.
Sunday: 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Monday and Tuesday: 12:00 p.m. to 8:00
Wednesday through Saturday: 11:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
154 W. 10th Street (at the corner of Waverly Place), New York, NY 10014