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Housing Works Bookstore Cafe

Neighborhood: SoHo
Address: 126 Crosby St.

Bookstores generally tend to attract thoughtful people, but in a used bookstore where you can buy a Proust paperback for 50 cents (the proceeds of which go towards homelessness and AIDS issues funding) the crowd is more or less enlightened. Lingering over your latte in the literary fiction section, conversations quickly escalate into heated discussions about social issues. Maybe it's the smell of old books in the dusty air, but something about this coffee shop gets people talkin' 'bout a revolution. -Shanté Cosme

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