Open Hours: Mo to Fr from 10:00 AM to 07:00 PM,Sa from 10:30 AM to 06:00 PM,Su from 11:00 AM to 06:00 PM
This tiny Upper East Side bookstore has an exceptionally friendly staff that is very much involved with their customers, and ... More
Corner Bookstore (The)
This tiny Upper East Side bookstore has an exceptionally friendly staff that is very much involved with their customers, and was the blueprint for the local bookshop featured in the Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks film "You've Got Mail". Besides offering a plethora of reading material, including an extensive children's collection, this neighborhood meeting spot posts a bulletin board with listings for dog and cat sitters, French lessons and tutors on English composition. Classics, quick reads, best sellers and travel books are available, among other offerings at The Corner Bookstore.
The manager at this bookstore, not to mention a good chunk of the staff, is so rude that it is nearly unbelievable. I am an avid reader who adores independent, small bookstores like this but am beyond dismayed at the rude and condescending attitude of the manager and some staff there. Some staff are nicer but the tone is set by the churlish and ungracious manager.
I have tried to make this my corner bookstore but it is not going to happen as I cannot be treated so inconsiderately at a place where I spend a lot of money.
I have been coming to this bookstore for ages and have been consistently dismayed by the awful, rude and disinterested staff-- most notably the manager. He is rude and angry and offers terse replies to questions and is frequently hostile to younger children in the store. I have bee a very financially loyal customer for years now (buying at least $60-100 a week in merchandise) and he has never deigned to be anything more than supercilious.
I wish I loved this bookstore; I love the look and the concept but it is, sadly, ruined by the aggressively rude manager who does not, in any way, appreciate a good customer.
I was so disheartened after each of my several trips to this bookstore. I wanted to love it as I want to love all small, independent bookstores but the staff here is just the worst. The manager specifically is beyond rude. He is abrupt, disinterested, condescending and just pretty terrible. He has never once been helpful or kind in my many trips to the store. I believe it is people like him that make small independent stores fail.
The staff is okay, although none of them impressed me much. They all seem somewhat miserable to be there and also all seem very annoyed by the children present. The manager, especially, seems intolerant of children which is odd as there is a whole children's section right in the middle of the store.
It is such a cute, warm-looking store and I so wish I had something positive to say. The owner needs to do a staff overhaul and get some kind, warm, friendly people in there. The manager, especially, must be a very different sort. Maybe just someone who didnt look pained to be there and beyond pained every time he was asked a question. That would be a good start.
we live right near it and its really a truely amazing bookstore We liked every single thing we saw and there were no dislikes! What was there to dislike you ask? NOTHING! you havent been to new york city if you havent been to the corner bookstore
I love the corner bookstore. It is in a wonderful location and should remain standing. It contains great books, and is a wonderful bookstore to use when needed. I also like the fact that you are able to read books when inside, so you can pick and choose. The cat Murphy is really nice, and so are the people that work there.
I could go on for hours. The incredible selection, the intelligent and hardworking staff...The Corner Bookstore is one of the last gems in corporate America, and the preeminent retailer of all things fabulous. I am somewhat befuddled by the previous reviews, since I have never gone to the Bookstore without receiving a smile along with excellent recommendations. I love to sit on the conveniently placed benches and delve into another piece of scintillating fiction that was reccomended by the well-read manager. Long live independents!
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