The news that BookCourt, a superb independent bookstore on Court Street between Pacific and Dean, will, as reported by Gothamist, close on December 31, hit me with a gut punch equivalent to that I suffered with the closing of Capulet’s on Montague in the mid 1980s. I’ve spent many a happy hour browsing in BookCourt, using the comfortable seating provided to page through, and selectively read, books that I often then bought. I also enjoyed many talks by authors under the skylight there.
An addendum to the Gothamist story, linked above, gives some hope that our area will not be denied the pleasures of an independent bookstore for long. Local author Emma Straub “and husband Michael Fusco-Straub have secured initial funding for a bookstore in the Cobble Hill/Carroll Gardens/Boerum Hill area in hopes of replacing BookCourt”. While this venture is far from fruition now, you can follow their progress here.