A new bookstore hits Astoria

Astoria Bookshop, which opened yesterday, injects some fresh blood into the Queens literary scene.

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    Photograph: Lauren Mirsky

    Astoria Bookshop

    astoria bookshop
  • astoria bookshop

    Photograph: Lauren Mirsky

    Astoria Bookshop

    astoria bookshop
  • Photograph: Lauren Mirsky

    Astoria Bookshop

  • Photograph: Lauren Mirsky

    Astoria Bookshop

astoria bookshop

Photograph: Lauren Mirsky

Astoria Bookshop


Queens has been woefully lacking in independent booksellers since Astoria’s Seaburn Bookstore shuttered in 2011. But that changed yesterday with the opening of Astoria Bookshop, a new general-interest spot near the Broadway N/Q stop on 31st Street. The store came into being with help from an Indiegogo campaign, which raised almost $7,474 over the course of a month—nearly twice the fund-raising goal.

Astoria Bookshop isn’t the only NYC lit spot to turn to crowd funding; Crown Heights' forthcoming Hullabaloo Books recently got funded via Kickstarter, and the LGBT-focused Bureau of General Services–Queer Division is currently soliciting donations on Indiegogo in order to establish a permanent space.

An extra bonus for Astoria bibliophiles: Enigma Bookstore (33-17 Crescent St at 33rd Rd, Astoria, Queens), which specializes in science fiction, mystery and fantasy tomes, also recently opened up a few blocks away. On the heels of the recent bummerific info about 5 Pointz, it’s nice to get some good news about Queens’ cultural scene.

 

Astoria Bookshop, 31-29 31st St between Broadway and 31st Ave, Astoria, Queens (718-278-2665, astoriabookshop.com)


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