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Strand Bookstore, the Greenwich Village institution, is opening a second location on the Upper West Side in March. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons / Ajay Suresh)

Strand Book Store, the Manhattan boutique that has more than “18 miles of books” in its Greenwich Village location, will write a sequel on the Upper West Side.

The store announced on its Twitter account on Wednesday that it would be opening a second store at 450 Columbus Ave., between West 81st and 82nd Street. The West Side Strand will replace two former independent bookstores that recently closed: Endicott Books and Book Culture.

Strand says the new store will open in March to “bring all of our Strand goodness to such a vibrant community.”

“We are excited to expand The Strand and engage the Upper West Side community. We aim to continue the legacy of my father, and his father before him, by bringing the joy of books to everyone, ”Strand owner Nancy Bass Wyden said in a tweet.

The old Book Culture store at 450 Columbus Ave. where Strand will be opening its second store this year. (Photo via Google Maps)

Ben Bass opened Strand in 1927 at a location along Fourth Avenue then known as “Book Row” for the number of bookstores clustered there. Thirty years later, Fred Bass, Ben’s son, moved the business to 828 Broadway, East 12th Street, where it still serves generations of book lovers.

The Strand store boasts on his site to have an inventory of over 2.5 million used and new books – measuring over 18 miles in total if lined up end-to-end – on all four floors of its flagship location. They even devote an entire floor to rare books that have been out of print for decades.

Strand has two smaller kiosks in Times Square and near Central Park. During the 1980s, Strand opened a “side” bookstore near South Street Seaport, which in 1996 moved to the corner of Fulton and Gold streets in the Financial District. This store closed in 2008.


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