Friendly and vibrant, Fort Greene, Brooklyn is a neighborhood where artists, young families and life-long residents mingle effortlessly. Famous creatives including Walt Whitman, Erykah Badu and Chris Rock have all called Fort Greene home at one point, so it’s no wonder this section of the borough oozes cool from the cracks in its sidewalks. Easily accessible by subway (N, R, Q to DeKalb; A, C to Lafayette; or G to Fulton St.), and the LIRR (to Atlantic Ave.), Fort Greene is the perfect place for the entire family to eat, play and shop.

Greenlight Bookstore

Independently owned Greenlight Bookstore is truly a neighborhood gem. Choose from a selection of popular bestsellers, local guides and small press stand-outs. Be sure to check their events calendar for awesome author readings and book signings.

The back of the store is all about the little ones, with colorful displays and an adorable reading area. Kid-centric programming includes weekly story time and sing-along sessions for babies and toddlers, as well as a monthly young readers group for kids ages 8 to 14.

Insider Tip: Greenlight’s friendly staff is always eager to recommend titles to readers of all ages. Check out their personal picks near the register and save 15%.

Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton St.

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–Angela Johnson-Archer