We opened in Dumbo, Brooklyn in late 2006. Taking part in a dynamic process of urban renewal, we quickly assumed our place at the heart of the neighborhood's cultural life. Starting an independent bookstore in NYC is a risky step, even in times less taxing on small businesses. But putting our faith in the affection of New Yorkers for used bookstores, we hoped to find the support we need to pull through in our local clientele. The result exceeded our expectation. Indeed, we came to know our regulars at once, Dumbo's book lovers have been awaiting our arrival. Then, gradually and without proper advertising, by mere word of mouth, we began to attract book lovers from other New York City boroughs, as well as loyal customers from other parts of the U.S. and abroad who made us a must-stop on their repeated visits to the city.
Several factors converged here: First, of course, is our great inventory offering a wide selection of titles, from cheap used books to scarce out-of-prints and rare books. Our specialties are architecture, Art, design and photography. But our general inventory includes a large selection of poetry, literature, philosophy, history, sciences and other genres. Second, the store's attractive design, architecturally integrated into its industrial surroundings, neat and wide layout, allowing comfortable browsing ; then, there is the knowledgeable and passionate staff; and last, Dumbo's unique charm and its warm embrace, pulling us along in its emergence as a leading New York City neighborhood.
In 2010 we were offered a lease on a beautiful corner store, two blocks down the street from our first location. Our new space is central, even more spacious, with huge windows and plenty of natural light. We are very proud of it and look forward to growing in it in the years to come.