The Secret Bookstore: Brazenhead Books

“Tucked high above the bustle of the street, Michael Seidenberg’s secret secondhand bookshop is a mecca for those who savor the story behind the volume.”

Michael Seidenberg is a used book dealer who has been selling books since the 1970s. He converted his 84th Street apartment into a salon for book collectors. Only accessible by appointment, Michael entertains anyone armed with a wine bottle. The Brazenhead (named after a John Cowper Powys work) has had several incarnations over the last 30 years: sharing a performance space near the Gowanus with a puppet company, in a storefront on 84th Street between Lexington and 3rd (now replaced by a laundromat), and along the sidewalks of Manhattan on folding tables. Video taken on March 31, 2009.

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