Espresso, Sandwiches, And A Sea Of Books

It's 11 p.m., and the Barnes & Noble bookstore on Manhattan's Upper West Side is packed. Browsers are thronged around the selling floor and sprawled on window seats. Upstairs, in the cafe, people munch sandwiches and sip espresso while listening to a symphony. Kids wander into a minitheater to watch a puppet show. Kathleen Connors, a local resident, can't believe it. "Saturday night, and all these folks want to hang out here," she marvels.

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