In a neighborhood where hardcovers and paperbacks come strictly from chain stores, delightful news: Astoria will see two independent bookstore openings in the near future. Enigma Bookstore will open at 33-17 Crescent Street and specialize in sci-fi, fantasy, and mystery titles. "We're just a bunch of nerds who would like to have a bookstore and invite other nerds to come, and celebrate the nerd in all of us," says Claire LaPlaca, one half of the couple-owned store. Beyond the niche reads, the store will also feature a backyard garden for getting lost in another literary world, and events like murder mystery nights and screenings of old sci-fi flicks.
Elsewhere in the 'hood, The Astoria Bookshop plans to open next month at 31-29 31st Street with a broad selection ranging from best-sellers to cookbooks. "Astoria is an incredibly diverse neighborhood, and we want it to reflect that," said co-owner Lexi Beach of the title depth. The store aims to host events including signings, story hours for kids, writers' groups, and wine tastings. "We want to come up with as many reasons as we can for people to come in to the store. That's what we view as the role of a community bookstore—a space [where] people can gather."
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