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Housing Works Bookstore Cafe

Celebrating its tenth anniversary, Housing Works Bookstore Cafe has established itself as a New York City cultural institution thanks to its stellar mix of offbeat literary events, live music performances, and original series like the New York City Spelling Bee and Cringe Night. The intimate setting has hosted a dizzying array of music and literary stars - from John Mellencamp and Norah Jones to Jonathan Lethem and Francine Prose.

Visit Website: http://www.housingworks.org/social-enterprise/bookstore-cafe/


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Jun 24, 2009 4:25 PM

Is Housing Works the Most Exciting Venue in Town?

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe gets the full-page treatment in this week’s NY Press. We love the headline: “Quiche, Blogs & Rock ‘N’ Roll: Is a small Soho bookstore the most exciting new venue in town?”

Permalink | Posted on Jun 24, 2009 at 4:25 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk


May 09, 2009 12:26 AM

Bjork Concert Raises $40,000 For Housing Works

Last night, 300 lucky guests crowded into Housing Works Bookstore for a special installment of the bookstore’s LIVE FROM HOME concert series: A collaboration between musical legend Björk and the up-and-coming Brooklyn band The Dirty Projectors. The intimate show raised $40,000 for for Housing Works Inc., which provides direct services for homeless New Yorkers with HIV and AIDS.

Jon Pareles wrote in The New York Times “Bjork sings like a force of nature” and Time Out New York called it “the event of the year so far.”  For a great overview of what the bookstore is all about, check out this feature in the New York Post.

Permalink | Posted on May 09, 2009 at 12:26 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk


Apr 13, 2009 11:19 PM

Housing Works Executive Director on Gothamist

Check out Housing Works executive director Susie Lupert in today’s Gothamist Q&A.

Permalink | Posted on Apr 13, 2009 at 11:19 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk


Feb 09, 2009 1:50 PM

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe Taps PKPR

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe has tapped PKPR to help raise its profile as a downtown cultural hotspot.

In the coming months, PKPR will be focusing on highlighting the bookstore’s eclectic mix of events that celebrate the written word and cleverly bridge the worlds of music and literature. Case in point: the photo above is of author Augusten Burroughs and singer Tegan Quinn appearing together at the bookstore last year. PKPR will also be promoting special series and events like the New York City Spelling Bee, the Live from Home Series, and the Moth StorySlam, as well as showcasing its unique business model: the bookstore is run almost entirely by volunteers and 100% of its profits go to Housing Works, Inc., the nation’s largest minority-controlled AIDS service provider. Recent coverage has included the New York Times, New York Post, PAPER, Village Voice, and Shecky’s.

Permalink | Posted on Feb 09, 2009 at 1:50 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk