Bookworms, take note: Hullabaloo Books is coming to Crown Heights

Michael de Zayas, the owner of Little Zelda and Wedge, is opening an independent bookstore just off Franklin Avenue this fall.

A physical model of Hullabaloo Books in Crown Heights

A physical model of Hullabaloo Books in Crown Heights Photograph courtesy Hullabaloo Books

More changes are coming to burgeoning Crown Heights. This fall, the Brooklyn 'hood is getting Hullabaloo Books, an indie bookseller for a community lacking in printed matter. The new-and-used shop comes from Michael de Zayas, who has already opened two shops along rapidly gentrifying Franklin Avenue: the tiny café Little Zelda and even more diminutive cheese shop Wedge.

The opening for de Zayas's newest endeavor is tentatively slated for September 30. Hullabaloo will set up shop in a former pawn shop on Park Place between Bedford and Franklin Avenues. The proprietor promises a "literary garden" with a living, breathing tree right in the middle of the store, as well as a street garden for locals to use as an alfresco reading area. Also in the works is a full calendar of bookworm-friendly events, such as readings, storytellings and writing workshops. You can help fund the free series via Kickstarter until Sunday, August 18.

As The New York Times points out, bookshops across the U.S. are appealing to customers and donors to fund their ventures. Hullabaloo isn't the only one in NYC to do so: Cobble Hill fixture BookCourt is using Indiegogo to raising money for an outpost in the Catskills, and LGBT lit destination the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division at Strange Loop is also using the online platform to make the leap from pop-up to permanent site.

(h/t New York Daily News)

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