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  • Photograph: Beth Levendis

  • Photograph: Beth Levendis

  • Photograph: Beth Levendis

  • Photograph: Beth Levendis

  • Photograph: Beth Levendis

  • Photograph: Beth Levendis

  • Photograph: Beth Levendis

Photograph: Beth Levendis

As brick-and-mortar bookstores continue to face extinction, this two-year-old Fort Greene emporium has thrived (and even expanded—sort of—with two satellite kiosks at the Brooklyn Academy of Music). Owners Rebecca Fitting and Jessica Stockton-Bagnulo opened the shop in response to a community survey, which found that neighborhood residents really wanted a bookstore in the area. Now it's a local gathering spot and even counts literary luminaries such as Jennifer Egan and Jhumpa Lahiri among its regular customers. It's housed in a building that's more than a century old; at different times, the structure served as an insurance agency and the headquarters of a chapter of Black Veterans for Social Justice. Fitting and Stockton-Bagnulo also found an homage to one of the neighborhood's historic residents. "There's a very old painting of Robert Fulton's invention, the steamboat, above one of the doors," explains Stockton-Bagnulo. "[It's] where our monthly comedy series, Steamboat, gets its name." 686 Fulton St at South Portland Ave, Fort Greene, Brooklyn (718-246-0200, greenlightbookstore.com)


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