May 17, 2013

Community Bookstore to open Terrace Books UPDATE: the new Astoria Bookshop


Babbo’s Books and Community Bookstore share an affinity for bookstore cats.

Community Bookstore in Park Slope, Brooklyn plans to open a new store in Windsor Terrace. Called Terrace Books, it will carry used titles and occupy the space that used to be Babbo’s Books at 242 Prospect Park West.

“We are delighted,” co-owner Stephanie Valdez told me in a short phone interview. “This is our chance to highlight out of print editions, old editions with cool covers, oddities….”

Valdez lives in Windsor Terrace and when Leonora Stein, owner of Babbo’s Books, called to say she had plans to move on, “It seemed too perfect. We know this neighborhood really wants a bookstore and wanted to make sure one stays around.”

A grand opening party is planned for June, though the first official day of business has not been announced.

What to expect at Terrace Books? A considered selection of used books, a few new books, books to give as gifts (especially around the holidays), kids’ books, and more. Quick and easy delivery of new titles from Community Bookstore by bicycle. All the out-of-print books and vintage dust jackets you can handle. And for Babbo’s customers, we’ll honor your credits and gift certificates.

Among other literary landmarks in Windsor Terrace, Isaac Asimov wrote near his father’s candy store at 174 Windsor Place, and it’s believed that he penned “Nightfall” in this neighborhood.

UPDATE: Another borough has indie bookstore news!

The Astoria Bookshop announced it has signed a lease at 31-27 31st Street, half a block from the Broadway N/Q stop. Proprietors Lexi Beach and Connie Rourke plan to open its doors at the end of the summer, probably mid-August.

From their announcement:

Our goal is to host events for every kind of reader out there — book clubs, writers’ groups, author signings, children’s story hours, tastings of sample recipes from cookbooks, even table readings.  To us, events are one of the most important aspects of our business — we’re designing the Astoria Bookshop to be a space for the community to gather and interact.


Kirsten Reach is an editor at Melville House.