Unnameable Books

Shopping, Bookstores Prospect Heights
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Unnameable Books
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Unnameable Books
Yes, the enormous central branch of the Brooklyn Public Library is located in Prospect Heights, but sometimes you just want the experience of purchasing a new book, with its fresh-paper smell and spine that crackles upon opening. Enter this narrow bookstore, which moved to its new location on Vanderbilt Avenue from a storefront on Bergen Street in 2009. The shop carries a wide variety of genres—though owner Adam Tobin namechecks its poetry and philosophy sections as being particularly good—and can satisfy any lit craving. “We have a lot of weird books,” Tobin laughs, calling out Robert Walser’s Microscripts ($24.95)—which showcases the Swiss writer’s method of composing text onto tiny sheets of paper—as one title he’s particularly excited about. If you’re on the hunt for bargain tomes, hit up the selection of used books, many of which can be found on carts outside the store for as little as $1.


Venue name: Unnameable Books
Address: 600 Vanderbilt Ave
Cross street: at St. Marks Ave
Opening hours: Daily 11am–11pm
Transport: Subway: 2, 3 to Grand Army Plaza
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Isa B

A tiny shop with a seemingly endless array of books. I so enjoy perusing the shelfs here and have found so many gems. And with all the used books, they have really great prices!!

Max B

Great, longtime local bookshop. Friendly staff and great collection of new & used.

Abigail F

Amazing selection. Floor to ceiling books. And they always have a $1/$2/$3 cart parked outside where you can search for hidden gems.