New York, undisputed center of the art world for at least 70 years, is a wonderful place to buy art books. The street vendors selling half-price copies of S,M,L,XL or Workers might not be quite as plentiful as they once were, but if you're looking for the kind of thing you'll never be able to find on Amazon, then Printed Matter is certainly the place for you. And, of course, if you want a large selection of cut-price art books, then you can't go wrong with Strand.
Today, however, we learn that however good New York used to be for art books, it's going to get a whole lot better: Strand is opening up its entire10,500-square-foot second floor, and turning it into a sprawling showplace for 250,000 art books. Let's say the average book is an inch thick: that would make a pile almost four miles high. Even the legendary art library at the V&A should be able to find something from that kind of selection.