Idlewild Books opened in 2008 by owner David Del Vecchio, and specializes in travel guides, world literature and foreign language books. Their main store in Manhattan is located near Union Square. They also have two locations in Brooklyn.
This cozy, mezzanine-level indie bookstore is also well known for their foreign language classes, and offer several levels in Spanish, French and Italian that are taught by native speakers. Classes are taught at all 3 locations and meet once a week for 8 weeks. Arabic was also recently added.
Idlewild’s popular language classes were included in the “Best of New York 2012″ issue of New York Magazine.
The bookstore also hosts special events and a book club. You can sign up for email updates at their website.
12 W 19th Street
New York, NY 10011
249 Warren Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
218 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11249