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It’s chess night at Molasses Books, and customers are crowded around boards, plotting their next move. Some spill out onto the sidewalk to have a smoke, and owner Matt Winn seems to know them all. The space is small, with tables in alcoves butting up against windows. The walls are lined with bookshelves, and overflow spills out onto a table display in the middle of the shop. A sign hangs over the bar reading “no...
While not virtually extinct like, say, travel agencies and video rentals, independent bookstores have become a rare breed, thanks to competition with Barnes & Noble (not doing so well itself) and Amazon. Which is why, even though Brooklyn's indie bookstore scene is relatively healthy, when something like Archestratus come along, we feel duty-bound to support them, especially when they’re laser-focused on food—our own particular, overriding obsession. Like a pocket-sized version of Kitchen Arts & Letters, the Greenpoint newcomer...
In news that is really sad—but also makes perfect sense when we live in a borough where tiny bungalows are put on the market for well over a million dollars—Cobble Hill institution, The Community Bookstore, has announced that it will be closing this year.  The New York Times reported today that owner John Scioli is selling his legendary neighborhood spot—and the building which houses it, and Scioli himself—for $5.5 million to three brothers from Manhattan who own properties "including 2...
The death of the bookstore has been a long predicted event. In Brooklyn, there has even been a mini-bookstore boom: A cluster of new bookstores opened in Bushwick in the past couple years, girded by a system of stalwart independents like BookCourt and Community Books. But other boroughs are not so lucky. This past week, a lease dispute in Bay Plaza means that the last bookstore in the Bronx is about to shutter. The bookstore...

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