Shop Talk: Joseph Niforos of Kosmos Book Shop

We pose five quick questions to one local shopkeeper in this biweekly series; here's a "coming soon" one.


Joseph "Jos" Niforos is so busy putting the finishing touches on his new bookstore that we haven't been able to meet him in person. So, being the word lover that he is, he supplied his own Q&A for our benefit, questions and all. 

And yes, you heard right, Tarrytown is going to have its very own bookstore very soon. Kosmos is slated to open at 29 Central Avenue on April 3, the day Washington Irving was born, selling new and used books and related items like stationery, writing instruments and notebooks. In a cozy 500-square foot there will be neatly arranged books floor to ceiling ranging from a 1952 pocket paperback edition of Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis for $3 to Brundibar; to a children's book by Maurice Sendak and Tony Kuschner, hand-signed by them both for $95; and the true first German edition of Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis, price on request.

Some people have wished for such a store right here on Patch in our comments, but never did we think we'd get not one but two shops in short succession.

In addition to Niforos' Kosmos coming in a matter of weeks, there's Believe! Juice and Books repurposing the old Lollipop shop on Main. We are still trying to track down the people behind that venture, the same folks behind the "10 Mountains, 10 Years" project, hiking the world's tallest peaks on behalf of Alzheimer's and Parkison's disease. We think they must be on a mountain at the moment...we'll keep looking.

Don't the villages just get better and better?

So buy local and go say hello (when he opens) to:

Joseph Niforos, owner of Kosmos Books

1. What is the overall philosophy behind store merchandise?

JN: Good books don't go out of style. Browsing a well-curated shop for books is a joy.

2. What kind of books?

JN: You'll be able to come in for a $3 paperback classic, a beautiful vintage children's book for $20, or a first edition of Kafka's Metamorphosis in its original German (POA, for the deep pocketed!).

3. How do you find/where do you find the books?

JN: All the places most people have no desire to go! Old attics and musty basements in haunted old Westchester mansions. In seriousness, we have bought much of our best book stock from private individual collections.

4. What is your professional and relevant educational/training background?

JN: I studied art at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. I'm fairly well read and travelled. I love books and love selling books. It's a passion that will hopefully be evident within the shop.

5. Why did you open the store and what makes it special?

JN: To provide a place where people can come physically browse books. I still believe it's the best way, the most humane way to buy a book... That it's real not virtual! There will be a real person in it that can hopefully be of service to the customer, turn them on to new things or just chat for a while.


For more information: contact Jos Niforos, Kosmos Book Shop: Fine books bought & sold, jos@kosmosbookshop.comwww.kosmosbookshop.com914-564-6527

Krista Madsen (Editor) March 07, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Does anyone know when/if Tarrytown last had a book store?
Heron March 07, 2012 at 02:48 PM
There was a bookstores at the corner of Main Street and Broadway in 1988. This is where the Greek restaurant is now. I *think* it was there until about 1995 or 1996, but I could be wrong. I'm saying this because I remember buying a book there for a birthday in 1994.
Maria Cristina Marrero March 07, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Great project! Best of luck... Sure it'd be a total success ;-)
Crystal Harlan Honores March 07, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Congratulations! I can't wait to see you open for business. What's a town without a bookshop?
Steve Mustacchi March 08, 2012 at 02:11 AM
Great! Looking forward to visiting your shop.
joy March 08, 2012 at 02:37 PM
I think you are recalling The Book Inn - it was were the tea shop is now located on Main Street. It was a fantastic store. Next door, were the tea shop addition is now, was the Silver Wheel, a popular jewelry/gift store.
Heron March 08, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Joy, I'm so glad someone remembered the Book Inn! (I didn't remember the name). Yes, it was a nice bookstore! I just asked my husband and he said you are right. It's was located where the Tea Room is now. We think that what was on the corner at the time was a frozen yogurt store.
joy March 08, 2012 at 03:38 PM
I did mean the Tea Shop is on BWay, not Main.
joy March 08, 2012 at 03:39 PM
At the same time we also had the Army & Navy on Main and a great toy store on Bway (maybe next to Bellas?).
Heron March 08, 2012 at 04:51 PM
I remember the Army & Navy, but have no memory of the toy store. You have a better memory than I do! At the time, I remember going to a toy store in Briarcliff Manor that sold wooden Brio train sets and things that you couldn't get at Toys R Us.
ania March 09, 2012 at 04:18 AM
I am looking forward to see a bookstore in Tarrytown- it is a great idea.
linda knapp March 15, 2012 at 02:29 PM
The book store on Broadway was called Books & Things - and it was owned by the folks who had the FA BULOUS and very successful parent store in the Chilmark Shoping Center in Briarcliff. That store - which had been there since my childhood - eventually moved to another location - either Briarcliff or Ossining - but it was a bad choice - no foot traffic - point-of-destination only - and they went out of business. And the smaller Tarrytown store eventually went with it. Too bad - big loss for the Tarrytown community. So happy a book store is coming back to Tarrytown - at last! Linda Knapp
Krista Madsen (Editor) April 03, 2012 at 11:43 AM
Update on Kosmos Opening Date: not today as article said but now April 30. Can't wait!
sarah gillespie April 18, 2012 at 01:45 PM
This is so exciting!
Krista Madsen (Editor) April 30, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Grand opening today as promised - 2 to 9 p.m. Yippee!
Roy May 01, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Impressive little shop with an interestingly eclectic selection. Good choice of used SF in particular.


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