The dreamy Librairie Albertine Reparue in New York
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On the second floor of the shop, the ceiling is decorated with a night sky and a zodiac motif inspired by ceiling frescos from the Italian Renaissance, a time “when science and poetry were not separated,” …There are small leatherish sofas, and chairs upholstered in emerald velvet placed around a table in a reading room, so that you can browse through the store’s offerings, which also include a hundred and thirty-seven volumes from the Pléiade. Along with Proust and Lévi-Strauss and Colette and Montaigne and Flaubert, you can find Henry James, Kafka, Melville, Jane Austen, and Shakespeare, just in case you thought it might be time to have a go at them in French (“Est-il plus noble pour l’esprit de souffrire / Les coups et les flèches d’une injurieuse fortune, / Ou prendre les armes contre une mer de tourments, / Et, on les affrontant, y mettre fin?”). — Albertine Reparue: A French Bookshop in New York, The New York
This bookshop sits fabulously at the 972 Fifth Ave.