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• Browse a collection of all things mysterious at a specialty bookshop
• Dig through first editions and signed new releases
• Uncover rare collectibles among floor-to-ceiling bookshelves

Bibliophile Otto Penzler is one of those inimitable Manhattan characters that make NYC so singular. After covering sports for the Daily News in the 1960s, he opened Mysterious Bookshop in Midtown, where he amassed one of the largest first-edition mystery collections—50,000 plus—in the world. Now Penzler’s set up shop in TriBeCa, where on any given day, one of the genre’s luminaries—James Ellroy; Charles McCarry—might just be sitting in the olive-leather armchair doing a reading. Did you say you needed the perfect gift? Well, look no further. Pick up something from the estimable Sherlock Holmes collection or a more obscure espionage thriller, and look out for pink pieces of paper on the spine—it means the book has been signed by the author.

Make your way over to Tribeca, where you can find the Mysterious Bookshop on Warren Street, between West Broadway and Church. The closest subway station is Chambers, and from there you can see the grey and brick storefront.

​​58 Warren St.; 212-587-1011;