Idlewild is an independent New York bookstore and language school with locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn. We specialize in travel books and language classes.

The name Idlewild was taken from the original name for New York International Airport, which was renamed JFK in December 1963.

Our Manhattan store has just moved to the West Village. Our new location is 170 7th Avenue South, at the corner of Perry Street.

(From March 2008 through May 2016, the store was located in the Flatiron District.)

One of the last travel bookstores in the country, our Manhattan store carries a range of guidebooks (all 10% off) to suit the needs and tastes of every traveler and budget.

We believe that a novel or travelogue can be just as valuable a key to a place as any guidebook, and our well-read, well-traveled staff is happy to make reading recommendations for any traveler, book lover, or gift giver.

We also host language classes in French, Spanish, Italian and German.

Our Manhattan store is open Monday to Thursday 12-8 pm, and Friday to Sunday 12-6 pm.

We also hold language classes at our location in Brooklyn, at 249 Warren Street in Cobble Hill. (Very close to the Bergen St F and G trains.)

We no longer sell books at our Cobble Hill location, which is now open for classes only. Please all our Manhattan store at 212-414-8888 if you have questions about our Brooklyn classes.



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"Best language classes in New York"
- New York Magazine
"My wonderful teacher Lalo believes that Spanish helps New Yorkers feel "the warmth of the people"
- The New Yorker
“Chatty and conversational” classes taught in a “sunny storefront” by “gregarious native speakers.” “If you need to hold your own at a party in Paris, Idlewild takes the gâteau.”
- New York Magazine
"My weekly French lessons have been a much-needed reprieve from the pandemic and have helped me feel connected to French culture when trip planning isn't an option"
- Condé Nast Traveler