22. Freebird Books & Goods
Located in Red Hook, along the Brooklyn waterfront, Freebird Books first opened its doors in 2004, specializing in New York history and culture. The shop was sold to Peter Miller, a local resident, in 2007, and is known for being the only bookshop running a post-apocalyptic themed book club, complete with a post-apocalyptic costume contest and other related events.
While the shop’s hours have been cut considerably, opening its doors primarily on weekends only, it continues to be an active apart of the community, sponsoring events, readings, workshops and is the temporary home to “Books Through Bars,” a non-profit which helps prisoners nationwide get access to the printed word. They are located at 123 Columbia Street in Brooklyn.