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NO. 13 The Most Literary Neighborhood Where To Find The Densest Concentration Of Bookstores And Publishers Ask someone to picture “Literary Brooklyn,” and they might imagine the young writers starting out in Bushwick, or the published authors settled in Park Slope and Carroll Gardens. But if you’re talking about infrastructure, few neighborhoods could consider themselves as bookish as—are you sitting down?—DUMBO. The formerly industrial microcommunity beneath the bridges, known more for its staggering residential rents and Belgian-block streets,...
Husband-and-wife Jared White and Farrah Field recently opened Berl's Poetry Shop, a bookstore on Front Street in DUMBO devoted to collections of verse. We spoke to them by email about the state of poetry in Brooklyn, and also about how to get people who think they don't like poetry to reconsider. What gave you the confidence to open a bookstore now when so many bookstores have been closing? Actually, we see so many great offbeat bookstores...

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