Arts & Culture

11 coolest bookstores in Brooklyn

Words are magic and change lives. One of the best things about living in Brooklyn is the art scene. You can support writers and artists by buying and supporting their art at bookstores.

Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton St (Fort Greene)

Greenlight has a wonderfully expansive selection of books and often hosts wonderful readings and book talks. They also have a fantastic selection of indie books.

Unnameable Books 
600 Vanderbilt Ave (Prospect Heights)

Unnameable is a gem. You can spend hours going through the stacks and find rare books and editions you didn’t know you wanted.

powerhouse Books
28 Adams St (DUMBO)

powerHouse is super cool, probably the coolest. It has a wide-open, beautifully lit space that makes book shopping feel divine. You can also take a stroll under the Brooklyn Bridge while you’re there.

Catland Books 
987 Flushing Ave (Bushwick)

This is one of my favorite witchy and occult-focused bookstores ever. It’s home to a spiritual community where you can attend yoga sessions and tarot readings.

Molasses Books
770 Hart St. (Bushwick)

Molasses is a space where you can drink wine, coffee, or beer while browsing for some awesome books, old, new, or indie.

Melville Publishing House & Bookstore
46 John St. (DUMBO)

This is half bookstore, half work space for the publishing house. It’s a cool combination where you can get an “only in New York” experience.

Community Bookstore & Cafe
43 7th Ave.(Park Slope)

This is one of the first bookstores in Brooklyn I fell in love with, especially considering they have an adorable furry friend named Tiny the Usurper.

Stories Bookshop + Storytelling Lab
458 Bergen St. (Prospect Heights)

A rare children’s bookstore, this is a place for families to take their kids to take classes, hear stories, and find new stories to immerse in.

Pioneer Books
289 Van Brunt St. (Red Hook)

Pioneer Books is home to books focused on the intersection of art and science, considering it is connected to the nonprofit of the same name, Pioneer Works, whose mission is to foster creativity in the arts and sciences.

Desert Island
540 Metropolitan Ave.(Williamsburg)

This is a wonderful comic book and graphic novel store that serves big and small publishers. There aren’t enough of these, so savor this one.

Koch Comics Warehouse
206 41st St (Sunset Park)

This is a hidden gem in Sunset Park; the store is a massive warehouse full of old records, comics, graphic novels, and other fantasy/sci-fi novels. Don’t miss it. You could be in here for hours.

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