Wander through the spacious bookstore, with dads pushing babies in strollers and shoppers lounging on a sofa under the skylight, and you'd never guess this place started out at a cozy 600 square feet when it opened in 1981. After Henry Zook and Mary Gannett purchased the flower shop next door in 1996 and converted the greenhouse in back into an event space in 2008, the shop now offers its well-edited selection of books and magazines in more than five times the room. Still very much a family-run business, Cobble Hill's BookCourt—this year's BONY winner for best bookstore—has a consistently excellent program of events (Jennifer Egan, Lou Reed, and Jonathan Franzen have all stopped by) organized by son Zack Zook, executive editor of the lit mag Cousin Corinne's Reminder. Contrary to what you might think about indie bookshops being elitist, the BookCourt staff is decidedly not. A recent post on its Twitter account read: "Considering putting a sign on the register that says: 'I am not judging you for buying 50 Shades of Grey. Please stop looking so ashamed.'" 163 Court Street, Brooklyn, 718-875-3677, bookcourt.org (11201)

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