About Idlewild Books


Idlewild is an independent Manhattan bookstore specializing in travel and world literature and organized by country. We also host language classes (French, Spanish and Italian) and have a wide selection of books in French and Spanish.

Idlewild carries a range of guidebooks to suit the needs and tastes of every traveler and budget. We believe that a novel, travelogue or history can be just as valuable a key to a place as any guidebook – and our well-read, well-traveled staff is happy to make reading recommendations for any traveler, book lover, or gift giver.

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Idlewild is located in a beautiful, mezzanine-level space overlooking 19th Street, just two blocks from Union Square and within walking distance of most major NYC subway lines. The store’s unique layout, high ceilings and big windows, and ample seating make it a pleasant place to browse, shop and explore.

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Idlewild Books was founded in 2008 by David Del Vecchio, a former United Nations press officer. The name Idlewild was taken from the original name for New York International Airport, which was renamed JFK in December 1963. We even have some stained glass and chairs from the original Idlewild Airport in our store!