Strand Book Store opened in 1927 on Fourth Avenue on what was then called “Book Row,” an area that covered six city blocks and housed forty-eight bookstores. Strand’s founder Benjamin Bass was all of twenty-five years old when he began his modest, used bookstore and sought to create a place where books would be loved. With his son and second-generation owner, Fred Bass, Ben grew Strand into a mecca for book lovers everywhere.
Ninety years and a move over to Broadway, Strand is the sole survivor of Book Row and still run by the Bass Family (third-generation owner Nancy Bass Wyden) and is home to four floors of over 2.5 million used, new, and rare books, a wide array of bookish gifts, and fun literary events held every night of the week. From the dollar carts outside to the third floor Rare Book Room, the iconic store now stands testament a place for book lovers to explore.
In honor of The Village Trip Festival, Strand have made a selection of fifteen of their favorite books about the village.