While a great new one pops up every so often, independent bookstores like the formerly beloved St.
Mark's Bookshop have been forced to shutter thanks to rising rents and the popularity of things like e-readers and online mega retailers.
store also has an e-commerce website, for special orders or shipping.
The cash-only cafe is also without Wi Fi, to keep you reading and snacking on pastries or actually engaging in conversation.
(788 Woodward Ave., Ridgewood, 347-927-5680, toposbookstore.com) After the shutdown of Cobble Hill's Book Court in 2016, Emma Straub and Michael Fusco-Straub wanted to make sure that this Brooklyn neighborhood wasn't missing out on an indie book shop for long.
Find a selection of mainstream books along with rare materials.
In back, a cafe serves coffee, light fare as well as wine and beer and Wi Fi is free.