A Guide To North Brooklyn’s Independent Bookstores
Whether you find the perfect gift for a reader of all ages, or discovering a title from a new author, browsing an independent bookstore is one of life’s great pleasures – at least, we think.
Now more than ever, shopping locally is vital to ensuring the survival of our favorite neighborhood businesses. While online shopping was the safest way to support local bookstores during the coronavirus pandemic, the days of lax shopping will be back soon, with many small shops already implementing security measures to open their shelves.
Here are some of Williamsburg and Greenpoint’s most interesting places to browse books, create your own reading list, and meet fellow bookworms.
Archestratus books and food
Archestratus Books and Foods (160 Huron St.) is the well-known food for cookbooks, but it is much more than just a cookbook, offering fiction and food-related fiction, as well as an impressive array of imported grocery stores. in Italy. During the pandemic, owner Paige Lipari created a series of online events and joint hangouts. According to the store’s Instagram, it intends to repeat events in person (including a rainbow cookie class!) As soon as it is safe.
Booking Thug Nation
Ever wanted to recreate the thrill of finding a forgotten favorite title by studying a sidewalk book, but, you know, in a store? Well, it turns out you can. Book Thug Nation (100 N. 3rd St.) is the brainchild of three former sidewalk vendors, and the store offers not only used books (with an emphasis on literary imagination) and a selection of records, but also a community event space. .
High Valley Books
Despite being run by McCarren Park, High Valley Books (882 Lorimer St.) may be the least traded item on this list. The appointment store is more archived than the retail experience. Since 1999, owner Bill Hall has been offering a treasure trove of used and rare books and magazines on architecture, fashion, interior design and more. Hall welcomes appointments for research, inspiration and finding a gift for even the most difficult to please design lovers.
Quimby NYC Bookstore
“No boring books,” promises the NYC Bookstore of Quimby (536 Metropolitan Ave.) on its Yelp page. The store lives up to that promise with a unique collection of indie zines, magazines and small press releases focusing on LGBTQ, women and minority stories. Quimby regularly presents the work of local artists and organizes events such as readings and book signings.
Spoonbill & Sugartown
The comfortable L-shaped space of Spoonbill & Sugartown (218 Bedford Ave.) has two entrances and with them, two separate IDs. From the entrance of the street, the large windows show the dazzling display of specialized and difficult art and architecture books for which the store is known. Meanwhile, the entrance via the Bedford Avenue Mini Mall, marked by a shelf of used books, leads to waist-high tables filled with an elaborate selection of recent fiction and fiction.
Even when its doors closed in the spring of 2020, the WORD Bookstore (126 Franklin Ave.) maintained its focus on the local community with virtual talks and book readings, and last May, they launched the Word Association, an initiative in which 20 different authors donate 10% of sales from their titles to the social justice of their choice. In addition to a great range of regularly updated staff options, WORD has a ton of books and events to entertain kids of all ages.