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May 17, 2013

The Astoria Bookshop To Open This August On 31st Street

I’ll just let that title sink in for a minute. Astoria is really getting its first independently run bookstore. That’s right, after much anticipation, Astoria Bookshop finally has a home! (…)

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I’ll just let that title sink in for a minute. Astoria is really getting its first independently run bookstore.


That’s right, after much anticipation, Astoria Bookshop finally has a home! We’re thrilled to announce Astoria will finally  have a bookstore after years of going without the most awesome of neighborhood staples.


From the proprietors, Lexi & Connie:

Hello Astorians, friends, and readers everywhere!


After many months of searching, the Astoria Bookshop is thrilled to announce that we finally have the perfect location for our store!  We have signed a lease and, while there’s much to do before we can open our doors, we expect to have our Grand Opening sometime in mid-August.  We are bursting with excitement to be moving forward at last.


Later this summer, the Astoria Bookshop will be opening its doors at 31-27 31st Street, a half block from the Broadway N/Q stop and right next door to our friends at Petals & Roots.  We’ll keep you updated on our progress by periodically posting photos on our website as we knock down walls, paint others, install bookshelves, and unpack box after box of books.


While you’re keeping an eye on for updates, you may notice some other exciting changes.  For one, we will be launching e-commerce soon!  You’ll be able to purchase print as well as ebooks directly from our website.  We are a general bookstore, and the books you choose will help us decide how to stock our shelves with the things you really want to read.


As the Astoria Bookshop gets closer to opening, we’ll start posting events to the calendar on our website.  Our goal is to host events for every kind of reader out there — book clubs, writers’ groups, author signings, children’s story hours, tastings of sample recipes from cookbooks, even table readings.  To us, events are one of the most important aspects of our business — we’re designing the Astoria Bookshop to be a space for the community to gather and interact.


So, while you wait for our doors to open, we’ll be hard at work putting our store together.  We want the Astoria Bookshop to look and feel like Astoria — eclectic, engaging, and full of characters.  Keep an eye on our website, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, sign up for our newsletter, and you’ll be among the first to know all the goings on at your new neighborhood bookstore.


Connie & Lexi
Astoria Bookshop
31-29 31st Street



I’m very excited for these ladies, and i’d love to join a book club! looking forward to your opening.


I guess no one remembers the little bookshop on Broadway in the 30s that had new and used books. It closed in 2012 after being open at least a decade.


We do remember Seaburn, we just don’t consider it an “indie” book shop, but maybe something a little different.


So excited to hear this. Great news for Astoria. We hope very much to be there at Opening so we can celebrate with you!


Such great news! For years people have been saying we need a bookstore in the neighborhood. Best of luck, ladies!


Congrats! So very excited. Yet another awesome place for me to buy books!


I’m super, super psyched, but I hope they can keep the business going. I watched my friend open and operate a very critically successful and popular comic book shop in Brooklyn for 5 years, but he was done in by the skyrocketing rent. That said, the best best luck to Connie and Lexi. And, if they’re taking suggestions, I’d love it if they had a good comics section with a nice balance of mainstream and independent titles. The only option we have for comics in Astoria is that gross (non female friendly) shop right at the Ditmars station.


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