This charming little independent book shop owned by Tarrytown resident Jos Niforos features both new and used books—he hunts down the later in old attics and musty basements. ‘Good books don't go out of style,’ says Niforos. ‘Browsing a well-curated shop for books is one of life’s joys.’ So stop in for anything from a 1952 pocket paperback edition of Zorba the Greek or a beautiful vintage children's book to a first edition of Kafka's Metamorphosis in its original German. And if all those enticing works of literature spark your own interest in setting pen to paper, Kosmos also offers a carefully selected collection of stationery, writing instruments, and notebooks. Doing some spring cleaning? Niforos purchases quality used books in good condition, too.
Best Independent Bookshop (2012)
Why are we lovers of the written word practically swooning over this quaint new independent bookshop? For one thing: “We’re real—not virtual,” says owner Jos Niforos. For another: At a “lean and mean” 500 square feet, what Kosmos sacrifices in sheer numbers it more than offsets in quality, with an extremely thoughtfully assembled collection of new and used volumes. Some of the standouts that Niforos has purchased from private collectors or unearthed in musty old basements and attics include a book signed by master 20th-century architect Mies van der Rohe, a first edition of Kafka’s The Metamorphosis in its original German, and Brundibar, a children’s book by Maurice Sendak (recently deceased) and Tony Kushner, hand-signed by both. “Browsing a well-curated book shop is one of life’s joys,” says Niforos. Certainly this one is.