Barnes & Noble Announces Return to Upper East Side

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Barnes & Noble was previously located at 150 East 86th Street (Google Maps)

Barnes & Noble will be opening a new bookstore at 1556 Third Avenue at the corner of 87th Street, the company has announced. It’s slated to open in the spring of 2023.


B & N closed its previous location at 150 East 86th Street in the summer of 2020, after 12 years in the neighborhood. The new location takes over the storefront previously occupied by Duane Reade and is situated directly across the street from Whole Foods.

“It is very good news to bring our bookstore back to the Upper East Side. It was very sad to close in the depths of the pandemic and [it’s] especially pleasing now to reopen with one that is so dramatically more attractive. We take over a beautiful building with an old-style character with which it is a pleasure to work in creating the new bookstore,” said James Daunt, CEO of Barnes & Noble.

Barnes & Noble has opened 16 new stores this year, and has announced development plans for over thirty new locations to open in 2023. In the past, one or two openings per year was the book seller’s usual rate of expansion.

“Our booksellers in NYC are to be very busy. Not only do we have the excitement of reopening on the Upper East Side, we are also to open in Brooklyn and begin the refurbishment of our existing bookstores with the complete overhaul of our Upper West Side bookstore,” said Amy Fitzgerald, VP of Stores, Barnes & Noble. “The years of backpedaling are well and truly over for bookselling in NYC. In the meantime, this is a very strong fall for publishing, and we look forward to welcoming existing and ever more new customers into our bookstores this Holiday.”

Customers can follow updates on the opening on social media by following the handle @bnuesny.
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