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One-of-a-Kind Bookstore is Reborn


One of New York City’s most unique and beloved bookstores has re-opened at a new location.


The Drama Book Shop shuttered its 40th Street location in early 2019, a victim of Manhattan’s rising rents. The 104-year-old theatrical institution was subsequently purchased by a group of investors and theatre devotees including “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda whose hit show “In the Heights” was originally rehearsed in the book shop’s basement.


The shop has recently re-opened its doors at a new home at 266 West 39th Street, between Seventh and Eighth Avenues. Its cozy interior features beautiful wood shelving, displays of theatrical memorabilia, and a coffee bar.


Looping above the interior of the store is a 140-foot long “bookworm” installation consisting of 2,400 books, scripts, and scores strung together. It is the creation of “Hamilton” scenic designer David Korins.


Drama Book Shop has been a mainstay for drama, arts, and music students, professionals, and fans since 1917.



Photo: Drama Book Shop


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