The neighborhood book store—once a crucial thread in the fabric of New York City’s various communities—has become increasingly rare. That’s why shops like Book Culture have become all the more important. This Columbus Avenue branch is cozy and charming, with a dedicated children’s room that packs them in for storytelling and reading hours. Literature lovers will adore the mystery books, wrapped in brown paper to obscure identification. In addition to the great selection of books, you’ll find an array of baubles and tchotchkes.