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Enterprising BookCourt Defies Trend

Hills & Gardens
By Trudy Whitman

Borders book stores recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The formerly indomitable Barnes & Noble closed its Upper West Side mega-store. And only a handful of tenacious independent book stores hang on in the city. Sadly, Heights Books, which relocated from Montague to Smith Street has closed, and Atlantic Book Shop on Atlantic Avenue is in the process of doing the same. These shops featured used and antiquarian merchandise.

Yet Cobble Hill’s BookCourt, 163 Court Street, continues to expand. BookCourt has just announced the addition of a discount floor on the basement level of 163 Court — once a level devoted to such pastimes as travel and cooking, and most recently given over to office space and shipping and receiving. But the shop owners felt it would make good business sense to use the area for remainders, British imports, and used $1 books.

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