A hand-painted ceiling of celestial scenes caps the shelves of books on the second floor of Albertine, a bookstore in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. It’s a dreamy sight, where planets and zodiac symbols entice visitors into a world where science and poetry blend seamlessly. Impressive as it is, the work of art is eclipsed by the store’s true star: its vast collection of French books. 📸: Photo by Atlas Obscura User Bartelstone.