Did you know that for every $100 you spend at an independently owned business, $68 will stay in the community? And when you spend the same amount at a national chain, only $43 stays in the community. We learned this from Greenlight Bookstore, and have to agree ~ independent bookshops have roots in their communities and work hard to meet the needs of their neighbors. The Independent bookshops within the five boroughs of New York City are as individual as the people that make up our multicultural City. Here are more than forty independent bookshops that caught our eye. Some have been around since the 1920s and most are family owned and operated.