By Samantha Samel
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Founded in 1971, Park Slope’s beloved Community Bookstore is one of Brooklyn’s oldest independent bookstores. Staffers recently announced that they will soon be spreading the literary love to a new outpost on Prospect Park West in Windsor Terrace.
Taking over Babbo’s Books, a six-year-old store that specializes in used books, Community Bookstore will call its new shop Terrace Books. Readers can expect a variety of used books, out-of-print vintage books, some new books, children’s books, and books to give as gifts (especially during holiday season).
Ezra Goldstein, co-owner of Community Bookstore, told the Brooklyn Daily Eagle that he and his team had several motives for opening the new shop. “It’s very important for us to preserve bookstores in Brooklyn. Babbo’s Books in Windsor Terrace is an important part of the neighborhood, and we didn’t want to see it go away.” Lenora Stein, the owner of Babbo’s books, was eager to have Community Bookstore take over the space to maintain its literary tradition.
“It also was a very good fit with our existing store,” Goldstein explained. Terrace Books will maintain close ties to Community Bookstore, which will send over new titles by bicycle. The new shop will honor Babbo customers’ credits and gifts certificates.
Community Bookstore is excited to have the chance to sell used books, which will provide community members with the opportunity to access interesting and affordable titles. “We’re doing quite a bit of work, but we plan to open by the first week of June,” said Goldstein.
Terrace Books will be located at 242 Prospect Park West in Windsor Terrace.