Molasses Books became the first bookstore in Bushwick when it opened in 2012. It functions like a hidden, quiet zone in the neighborhood, tucked into a side street a block away from Maria Hernandez Park. Its the perfect place to go for a quiet afternoon reading, or to browse their selection of used books, which average between 8-10 dollars.
The store is small and cozy, with a coffee, beer and wine bar in the back which includes the opportunity to barter books for drinks. They accept book donations and sometimes can offer cash for used books. They also have some events and readings, which can be seen on their Facebook page.
Molasses Books is located at 770 Hart Street.
Milk and Pull
This wouldn’t be a proper neighborhood list without at least one traditional hipster-esque coffee shop making the list, and that spot goes to Milk & Pull on the charming Irving Street. They serve some New York favorites, including Stumptown coffee and Dough doughnuts. They have another location in Ridgewood, as well as a new location in Bed-Stuy. It’s another great place in the neighborhood for some quiet time, or to be productive, and it’s jus a few blocks over from Maria Hernandez park and the Dekalb metro stop on the L train.
Milk & Pull is located at 181 Irving Street.