Monday, January 28, 2008

DUMBO Bookshop Tour

Yesterday Geoff and I went on a bookshop tour of the DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) area of Brooklyn and I must admit that I had a surprisingly good time. It is not often these days that you get to go into a new bookstore, and here I was walking into three! The DUMBO area has been attracting many new arts and cultural institutions and thankfully this includes bookstores. We spent the afternoon wandering through bookshops, browsing and buying books, and even stopped in on one of the little cafes for cappuccinos and pastries. Nice way to spend a weekend afternoon!

We were even able to spend a little time talking with the bookseller at Melville Books who is a really nice guy and incredibly knowledgeable about his trade. Melville Bookshop has been open for about a week so they were our main reason for visiting the area. The owner told us that he is planning to be a seller of indie titles from Akashic, Soft Skull, and City Lights as well as his own Melville Press titles. Very Cool! Go check out these shops and let them know that I sent you!

Personally, I think it would be great to have an area focused on independent bookselling in NYC and Brooklyn is ripe for this. Here are my photos of the shops on Flickr.

P.S. Bookshop
145a Front Street
Hours: 7 days, 10am - 8pm

Buyers and sellers of quality used books.

PowerHouse Arena
37 Main Street
Hours: M-F 10am - 7pm, Sat-Sun 11am-7pm

Photography books, and many new retail books including a wonderful selection of classic children's titles. Also has a nice gallery space.

Melville House Bookshop
145 Plymouth Street
Hours: Tues-Sun 12pm - 6pm

Indie press bookshop featuring jaw-droppingly important political books.

2 comments:

dumbonyc said...

Sounds like a perfect day at the bookstores. There's also Zakka in Dumbo, a few doors down from Melville Books:
http://dumbonyc.com/2007/10/02/zakka-dumbo/

jenn said...

Gee, I was right there and didn't see it. How'd I do that? Well, there's another reason for a return trip to DUMBO. Thanks for the heads up!

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