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Most people who read Old Fashioned Girls will, I am sure, share my love of second hand bookshops. The biggest and best in New York is the Strand, just off lovely Union Square, which is deserving of a post of its own (don’t miss the farmer’s markets on the weekend). You can get lost in this cavern of literature for hours very easily – I certainly have – though the $1 (though I think they are now $2?) shelves outside offer plenty of bargains if you don’t have much time to browse. And if you’re peckish after all that book browsing, pop round the corner onto 12th street for a tasty and cheap taco at Dorado’s. – Rachel