Lower East Side
True to its maxim, “98% Activism, 2% Glitter,” Bluestockings is a volunteer-run, collectively owned bookstore, powered entirely by women. The name is derived from the badass 18th-century English collective "the Blue Stocking Society,” established to promote literature written for and by women. The New York bookstore/fair-trade cafe/community space was founded in 1999 as a way of paying homage to those very ladies. Today, Bluestockings hosts screenings, discussions, and speakers nearly every night, in addition to carrying over 6,000 books, journals, and zines. Part open forum, part literary haven, part girl-gang home base, Bluestockings is something of a Lower East Side staple. And the vegan cookies aren’t bad, either.
Recommended reading: Bluestockings’ staff recommends Amitav Ghosh’s The Great Derangement -- a non-fiction work on the absence of discussion around climate change.