Community Bookstore: An Intellectual Oasis
Author: Francis Todd
Some decry the decline of the printed word, but to the delight of many readers of various stripes, New York City is still hanging on to a tradition of vibrant books stores, both independent and mainstream alike. In Park Slope Brooklyn, one of the standout local shops is known as Community Bookstore. Since its inception in 1971, CB has served as a hub for diverse books and a cozy garden.
The diverse array of books cover the gamut of genre staples, including fiction, mystery, biography, children's books, and much more. Purchases can be made in-store, but also online as well. Customers can learn more about the books highlighted near the front window online. For instance, some of the books covered include "Black Deutschland," "Sudden Death," "Why We Came to the City" by Kristopher Jansma, "When Breath Becomes Air," and "The Forgetting Time" by Sharon Guskin.
The store also offers signed copies of popular books at affordable prices, to give that extra personal touch for a potential gift or personal purchase. Some of the additional gifts offered include the trendy CB tote bag and Folio society copies of famous classics like "Grimm's Fairy Tales," "The Arabian Knights," and "The Wind in the Willows." The "New York Pizza Project Book" is a bright book with local flavor. With a foreword by New York Times author Jonathan Lethem, the "Pizza Project Book" is great for coffee tables and details New York City's most authentic, old-school pizzerias. By offering books that connect community members to the storied enterprise of New York City, CB fosters connections between residents. Some of the highlight pizzerias covered in the "Pizza Project Book" include Rosa's Pizza, Antonio's Pizza, Dani's House of Pizza in Kew Gardens, and Exclusive Pizza in Washington Heights.
Intrigued readers who are searching for fresh picks can check out staff recommendations. Their diverse and eclectic interests cover a variety of genres, including fiction, nonfiction, literature, biography, and more. Each year, the staff members put together a holiday newsletter. They pick out their favorite selections from thousands of books that have passed through the doors of CB. Rare and collectible copies of works are highlighted and available for consumer purchase. Gift certificates can be purchased online. These can be either mailed to the customer or sent to others as a wonderful gift. It's worth noting that the gift cards can be used online and in-store, at CB store and the associated shop Terrace Books.
Local events are a mainstay for CB. The shop holds conversations and readings with prominent authors who have written a wide variety of works. For instance, parents can take children to "Storytime" events with authors like Steven Weinberg. The event consists of a reading, Q&A session, and drawing pictures on site. Other prominent events feature everyone from renowned NY Times writers to prominent fiction writers like Jeremy M. Davies. Book clubs allow frequent visitors to get to know one another while reading beloved books. The tight knit, intimate atmosphere of the store sets it apart from larger and overwhelming brick-and-mortar retailers.
CB is located at 143 Seventh Avenue in Brooklyn, NY. The store is open seven days a week, and readers can keep track of the latest updates via its social media channels, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr. An associated shop is known as Terrace Books, and it's located in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn. To learn about other businesses in the area of Park Slope, residents can browse the pages of Parkslope.com. Restaurants, popular shops, and incredible landmarks are worth learning about to get the most out of the city.