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Best New York City Books from Our Members

At our December member happy hour, we invited participants to share some of their favorite books about New York City, in any genre – fiction, nonfiction, poetry, photography, travel – and our members did not disappoint! Many showed off their extensive collections, and some even have entire shelves dedicated to nothing but books about the city.

We collectively compiled a list of over 30 books, which you can find below, and we’ll continue to add to it (you can also join our group on GoodReads). Many make great holiday gifts, some are long out of print, and a few were featured on our virtual programs, including John Tebeau’s loving tribute to New York’s best bars and restaurants, and Jennifer Egan’s Brooklyn Navy Yard bestseller Manhattan Beach.

If you are looking for a holiday gift, or just want something to read during the long winter, please consider shopping from your local, independent bookseller. If you’re in Brooklyn, we recommend GreenlightpowerHouse, and Community Bookstore. You can find an independent bookshop at, or do convenient online ordering that supports local shops at

Member Selections: New York City Books