Cobble Hill’s Books Are Magic is officially my new favorite New York bookstore. Owned by Emma Straub, author of Modern Lovers and The Vacationers, Books Are Magic is everything I look for in a bookstore: it’s quaint and charming, with plenty of space to browse without being too overwhelming, and the employees are friendly but not overbearing. From the whimsical outdoor mural to the iconic neon sign to the colorful, cozy kids’ nook, visiting Books Are Magic is a bookish experience unlike any other.
I visited Books Are Magic on a Friday afternoon, after a quiet morning exploring Central Park and The Met. I’ve eagerly followed along with the shop on Instagram since Emma Straub first announced their opening, so I was really looking forward to checking it out for myself! There were a few browsers inside, some with their dogs (!!), and a small crowd of children exploring the kids’ room, plus a great playlist in the background. After exploring the shop for quite a while, and probably driving my family insane, I was happy to pick up a copy of Danzy Senna’s New People and an enamel Books Are Magic pin.
Not only does Books Are Magic have a great selection across every genre imaginable, but the shop’s atmosphere is unbeatable. I could have spent hours inside, exploring every nook and cranny. Books Are Magic is truly magical.
Books Are Magic
225 Smith Street
Brooklyn, New York 11231