It used to be the old Atomic Books in Baltimore. Their slogan, "Literary Finds for Mutated Minds" was closer to the truth than one might expect.
That was a long time ago. Atomic has changed, but still has a section of the beats.
Back in the day, there was only 1 large bookcase of literature. The odd thing is that I had either read or intended to read a surprisingly high proportion of the contents. Stuff like Harry Crews, for example. Most of it was comics, zines, and Sci Fi. Plus a section of 'how to' anarchist books. Change your identity, make a bomb out of household objects, etc. But that was then.
And old one that is long, long gone. It was impressive:
I wandered in there once, not long before its demise.
Which brings me to my current favorite. It's really part of the famous Seminary Co-op Bookstore
. They have books and books and books.
You need a volume of the Loeb Classics
-- it's there. Just in case you wanna read Tacitus
in Latin, but want an English translation on the adjacent page -- just in case.
You buy 3 shares of stock @ $10 and you are a member/owner.
They own/manage 57th Street books, a couple of blocks away.
It looks like an ordinary independent bookstore. But it has better books. I walk in and I want to buy stuff.
It's just so intelligent.