Community Bookstore in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn is closing on a new space today in nearby Windsor Terrace, which had previously been the site of six-year-old Babbo’s Books, which specialized in used books. Babbo’s owner, Leonora Stein, who shuttered the store earlier this week, said in a press release that it was time to move on.
Rather than see the neighborhood lose its beloved bookstore, the folks at Community Bookstore are taking over the 500 sq. ft. space, renaming it Terrace Books, cleaning it, and getting ready to open the first week in June, according to co-owner Ezra Goldstein. It is the third Brooklyn Bookstore to expand in less than a year: PowerHouse Arena in Dumbo opened a small general bookstore in South Slope, PowerHouse on 8th, late last year, and Word in Greenpoint, is about to open a second store in Jersey City in July. BookCourt in Cobble Hill is also looking to add a second location and is in the midst of a fundraiser to buy Bibliobarn in the Catskills, where it will create a bookstore/literary.
Terrace, which is named after the community where it is located and where Isaac Asimov once wrote above his father’s candy shop, will honor Babbo’s customers’ credits and gift certificates. Like Babbo’s, it will focus on used books, but Terrace will also have more new titles and children’s books. Goldstein says that since Community Bookstore is only a mile away, they’ll use the bike they purchased for deliveries there to shuttle new books and special orders to Terrace—and to make home deliveries.