Cosmopolitan Bookshop

Best Used Bookstores, November 2007
 
While virtually all of its Hollywood-based competitors have surrendered their spaces to nightclubs, Cosmopolitan Bookshop has stayed afloat for 49 years, thanks in large part to owner Eli Goodman’s discerning taste. Its cramped quarters and vague organization can make finding a title tricky, but they also allow for that most wonderful of bookstore experiences: the serendipitous discovery. The large film and media “section” could give way to Israeli travel guides in one direction or beat anthologies in the other. But if you’re looking for a first-edition Hunter S., you’re going to have to ask nicely.