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Cobble Hill's Community Bookstore to Close Next Month, Report Says

By Nikhita Venugopal | April 15, 2016 2:44pm | Updated on April 18, 2016 8:51am
 Cobble Hill's Community Bookstore at 212 Court St.
Cobble Hill's Community Bookstore at 212 Court St.
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COBBLE HILL — If you've never walked past the precarious piles of books that line the walls of the Community Bookstore in Cobble Hill, your chances are running out.

After more than three decades, the neighborhood mainstay at the corner of Court and Warren streets will close next month, the Wall Street Journal reports.

News of the bookstore's closing first broke last year after owner John Scioli, 70, sold the three-story building at 212 Court St. for $5.5 million.

Scioli is now faced with the enormous task of emptying out his shop by mid-May.

Although the stacks of books seem endless, some estimates suggest around 100,000 books in the store.

Scioli (famously) couldn't be bothered to count.

"I hate that question," he told the newspaper.

Other recent closings in the neighborhood include:

► By Brooklyn, a boutique that sells only Brooklyn-made goods, will close at the end of April.

► Indian restaurant Baluchi's shuttered its Smith Street location.

► The Epaulet, a clothing boutique at 231 Smith St., will close this weekend. The shop will have a closing sale over Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17.

Atmosphere, a home decor store at 333 Smith St., will close this spring. 

► Dassara Ramen quietly closed but owners hope to open a new location soon.