The Community Bookstore on Warren Street is one of the last of a dying breed. Over most of the city chain establishments have made the local bookstore an extinct entity and no longer can the average New Yorker find many places where they can enjoy rummaging through the $1 stack to discover that wonderful literary gem they didn’t know they wanted to read.
Although it may be easier to find the latest Dan Brown novel at Barnes and Noble you won’t have the unique experience of climbing through stacks of schizophrenically organized titles beside a man who looks like Einstein muttering to himself under his breath. The challenge of the treasure hunt makes the search for a new novel all the more intriguing in this labyrinth of literature.
The stacks of dust covered titles and erratic opening times rail against the regiment of gentrification which has swept over most of Brooklyn. The owner, whose wife is from France frequently closes down shop to disappear to Europe without warning for months on end so if you see that compilation of French existential poetry that interests you it’s best to buy it while you are in situ.
And if you see a strange hatch in the wall, whatever you do don’t open it!
The Community Bookstore
212 Court St.
Brooklyn, NY 11231
Neighborhood: Cobble Hill (718) 834-9494