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