Press Coverage

(Above: Illustration by Bob Eckstein, from Footnotes from the World's Greatest Bookstores

Greenlight is grateful for the national, local, and industry newspapers, magazines, blogs and online dailies that have helped share our story -- a story that is uniquely ours, and also one that's shared by independent bookstores in the city and around the country. We're proud to have been named one of the best bookstores in the city multiple times, to have our Community Lender model used by independent bookstores around the country, and -- of course -- to have been named the local indie for writers we love.  Here, you'll find all press coverage organized by year, with some of our favorite clippings highlighted.  


Credit: Hilary Swift for The New York Times

"How Angela Goding, of MoMA PS1, Spends Her Sundays" (The New York Times, June 1, 2018) above

"Summer Books 2018: What To Read When You’re Hitting The Beach" (CBS New York, May 29, 2018) above


"The Best Gifts for Bookworms (That Aren’t Books)" (New York Magazine, May 14, 2018) above


"Cool Music Video Set of the Day: Greenlight Bookstore" (Shelf Awareness, May 7, 2018) video above, shot on location at our Fort Greene store!

"Rumaan Alam on his reading list, go-to bookstore and writing process" (AM New York, April 30, 2018)

"Independent Bookstore Day celebrations in NYC go beyond Manhattan" (AM New York, April 26, 2018)


"I feel that we’re collaborators in the project of selling my book and other books we all believe in. I’ve attended a book group there, interviewed other writers there, and signed my own books for people all over the country who’ve ordered them there. I also love to browse; it’s a beautiful, light-saturated place, and I always make discoveries. I buy most of my books there. author Jennifer Egan

"Writers Really Love Seeing People Being Courteous on the Subway" (Vulture, April 26, 2018) above


"V Books: VIBE Goes Shopping For Books With A$AP Twelvyy" (, February 14, 2018) video above, shot on location at our Fort Greene store!

"We are the little bookstore that could," owners said. "Our first steady flow of customers were all people who were like, 'I just had to come in to buy a book,'" 

"Greenlight Bookstore Will Rebuild After Bomb Cyclone Damage" (, January 5. 2018) above

"P-LG Greenlight Bookstore Floods After Pipe Bursts" (Bklyner, January 5, 2018)

"Greenlight Bookstore in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens floods after burst pipe, more than 750 books damaged" (AM New York, January 4, 2018)


"The Books That Got New Yorkers Through 2017" (The Village Voice, December 30, 2017)

"Small businesses anxious about making the new minimum wage work" (Crain's New York Business, December 11, 2017)

"7 Gift Ideas Instead of the Feminist T-Shirt" (, December 8, 2018) featuring our City of Women poster!

"Fair weather: Brooklyn Flea winters in Industry City" (Brooklyn Paper, November 30, 2017)

"Playing by the book: Why some landlords are leasing to independent bookshops" (, November 21, 2017)

"Booksellers Prep for Small Business Saturday" (Publisher's Weekly, November 17, 2017)

"The independent bookstore revival in Brooklyn" (Brooklyn Daily Eagle, October 30, 2017)

"Brooklyn in the spring is magical. My daughter and I love spending a Saturday walking around Fort Greene. Flowers are blooming, couples are canoodling, Brooklyn Flea is open for business... We’d visit Greenlight Bookstore, or the fabulous playground by the Clinton/Washington A train, catch a street festival, or a matinee at BAM. There’s always something happening. —author Tia Williams on her favorite things to do in Brooklyn

"Author Tia Williams on the Incredibly Fashionable World of Romantic Escapism" (NBC News, October 13, 2017) above

Coates at Kings

"In Conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates: Seeking Hope in a World That Bends Towards Chaos" (BK Reader, October 7, 2017) above

"Ta-Nehisi Coates Packs Kings Theatre For A Conversation"  (Bklyner, October 5, 2017)

"The Resurgence of New York City’s Indie Booksellers" (The Wall Street Journal, October 4, 2017)

"Hillary Clinton Meets With The People At Local Bookstore" (Queens Gazette, October 4, 2017)

"Still with her: Hundreds of fans greet Hillary Clinton at Fort Greene book signing" (Brooklyn Paper, September 28, 2017)

"Image of the Day: Clinton in Brooklyn" (Shelf Awareness, September 28, 2017)

"Hillary Clinton book tour stops in NYC" (News 12 Brooklyn, September 27, 2017)

"Clinton Book Signing a Family Affair" (Bklyner, September 28, 2017)

Hillary Clinton signing

"Hillary Clinton Met A Pantsuit-Wearing Fan On Her 'What Happened' Book Tour & The Photo Is Adorable" (Bustle, September 2017) above

"The 28 coolest independent bookstores in the US" (Matador Network, September 25, 2017)

"A guide to Brooklyn fundraisers and businesses donating sales to Hurricane Harvey relief" (Brokelyn, September 5, 2017)

"Hillary Clinton Coming To Fort Greene To Promote New Book" (Bklyner, September 1, 2017)

"Hillary Clinton to Visit Ft. Greene Bookstore During Tour for New Memoir" (DNAinfo, August 30, 2017)

"Hillary Clinton’s ‘What Happened’ Book Tour Comes to Fort Greene’s Greenlight" (BK Reader, August 30, 2017)

"Hillary Clinton is Coming to Greenlight Bookstore" (, August 29, 2017)

"The Politics of Curation: An Op-Ed by Rebecca Fitting" (American Booksellers Association blog, August 29, 2017)

"Booksellers Respond to Charlottesville" (American Booksellers Association,, August 22, 2017)

"Be More Than A Bookstore: A Brick-And-Mortar Shop's Key To Success" (NPR, Morning Edition, August 15, 2017)

"Ta-Nehisi Coates to Talk New Book at Kings Theatre in October" (Brownstoner, August 8, 2017)

"Ta-Nehisi Coates Comes to Flatbush’s Kings Theatre" (BK Reader, August 7, 2017)

"Ta-Nehisi Coates Will Talk About His New Book At The Kings Theatre This Fall" (Gothamist, August 5, 2017)

"Bookstores, the Amazon resistance" (New York Daily News, July 10, 2017)

"Thanks, Amazon Prime! Now independent bookstores are booming" (Marketwatch, July 10, 2017)

"Here in Brooklyn, on Fulton Street, there’s Greenlight Bookstore. I just love it because there are so many types of people represented there, and they’re so supportive of local writers.poet, actress, and activist Amber Tamblyn

"The perfect date night, according to Amber Tamblyn and David Cross" (New York Post, May 20, 2017)

"A guide to NYC's remaining independent bookstores" (AM New York, May 12, 2017)

"NYC bookstores are making a comeback" (AM New York, May 1, 2017)

"NYC is short on bookstores -- but independent owners are changing that" (New York Post, April 2, 2017)

"Are the bookstores coming back?" (The Real Deal, April 2, 2017)

"Greenlight Bookstore Kicks Off Immigrant Reading Series Tuesday" (DNAinfo, March 7, 2017)

"Best Children's Bookstores in NYC" (CBS New York, March 2, 2017)

"Living in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn" (The New York Times, February 1, 2017)


"Mom-and-pop bookstores see surprising retail plot twist" (CBS News, December 31, 2016)

"149 Booksellers Receive Holiday Bonuses From James Patterson" (Bookselling This Week, December 15, 2016)

"Ann Patchett's Guide for Bookstore Lovers" (The New York Times, December 6, 2016)

"Around Indies: Doors Open at Print, Avid, and Greenlight" (Bookselling This Week, November 30, 2016)

"What It Takes to Open a Bookstore" (The New York Times, November 29, 2016)

"Spine-tingling news! Greenlight Bookstore's PLG outpost now open" (Brooklyn Paper, November 29, 2016)

"You Can Shelve Books at Greenlight's New Store to Help It Open This Weekend" (DNAinfo, November 21, 2016)

"Indie Booksellers: Book Clubs Are for Children Too" (Publisher's Weekly, August 2018, 2016)

"The Best Independent Bookstores in NYC" (Gothamist, June 16, 2016)

"Greenlight Bookstore Looking for 'Community Lenders' for New Brooklyn Shop" (DNAinfo, February 15, 2016)

"Finalists Named for 2016 PW Bookstore of the Year" (Publishers Weekly, January 26, 2016)


"Indoor Activities for kids in NYC" (Time Out New York, December 2015)

"5 Reasons Why Independent NYC Bookstores Are Doing Better Than You Think" (DNAinfo, November 12, 2015)

"Greenlight Bookstore opening second store in PLG high-rise" (Brooklyn Paper, November 10, 2015)

"The Curious Persistence of Poetry Shops" (The New Yorker, November 7, 2015)

"Greenlight Bookstore Is Opening Second Location, In Prospect-Lefferts Gardens" (BKLYNER, November 3, 2015)

"Brooklyn's Greenlight Bookstore to Open Second Location" (Publisher's Weekly, November 3, 2015)

"Greenlight Bookstore to Open Second Location, in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens" (DNAinfo, November 3, 2015)

"Greenlight Bookstore is opening a Prospect-Lefferts Gardens location in 2016" (Brokelyn, November 3, 2015)

"Interview with a Bookstore: Greenlight Bookstore" (Literary Hub, October 19, 2015)

"Pop-Up Greenlight Bookstore for Kids Opens in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens" (DNAinfo, October 5, 2015)

"Best Bookstore (2015)" (Village Voice, October 2015)

"Reasons to love Fulton Street in Fort Greene" (Brooklyn Daily Eagle, September 22, 2015)

"Bookstore Pits Harper Lee Against Ta-Nehisi Coates in Sales Competition" (DNAinfo, July 2015)

Greenlight Books has quickly become recognized for its innovation by authors and publishers alike, allowing them to bring great authors to the borough and highlighting some of its talented residents. Their close connection to the neighborhood also allows them to work with local businesses and organizations to create a thriving community. 

"Greenlight Bookstore: A Fairytale of New York" (Independent Publisher, July 2015) above

"Indie Bookstores Are Finally Not Dying" (The Daily Beast, May 2015)

"Snap chats! Meet your favorite local author in a F'Greene photobooth" (The Brooklyn Paper, April 30, 2015)

"Book/Plate: A literary culinary series with Greenlight Bookstore & Peck’s Homemade" (Brooklyn Daily Eagle, April 21, 2015)

"Book and Food Pairings, Brooklyn-Style" (Publishers Weekly, April 15, 2015)

"New York City's 20 Best Independently Owed Bookstores, Mapped" (Racked NY, March 17, 2015)


"Greenlight Bookstore Joins the Podcasting World" (Vol. 1 Brooklyn, July 11, 2014)

"6 Independent Bookstores That Are Thriving -- and How They Do It" (New York Magazine, Daily Intelligencer, April 13, 2014)

"Lost Illusions At The Local Bookstore" (The New Yorker, web, March 27, 2014)


"The 10 Best Bookstores In NYC" (Gothamist, November 2013)

"Rethinking Customer Loyalty Programs" (Bookselling This Week, August 29, 2013)

"Children's Book Week 2013: A Bookstore Photo Essay" (Publishers Weekly, May 23, 2013)

"Brooklyn's First Editions Club" (Fine Books & Collections, Spring Issue, 2013)

"Banking on Kids' Book Clubs" (Wall Street Journal, April 5, 2013)


"Independent Bookstores Find Their Footing" (NPR, All Things Considered, November 26, 2012)

"Best indie bookstores for NYC families" (Time Out New York Kids, February 29, 2012)


"What Slate doesn't get about independent bookstores" (Salon, December 15, 2011)

"Great Escape: Greenlight Bookstore" (Fort Greene Patch, December 8, 2011) 

"14 New York City Secrets" (Time Out New York, November 21, 2011)

"Literary Rockstar Jeffrey Eugenides Draws a Huge Crowd in Brooklyn" (BlackBook, October 13, 2011)

"Raising Money on Main Street: Entrepreneurs turn to 'locavesting' to fund community-based businesses " (Crain's New York Business, August 14, 2011)


At a time when huge bookstore chains are shuttering, when independently run stores of all stripes are struggling, and when even long-lasting brick-and-mortar establishments feel threatened by online shopping, Greenlight is expanding.


"A Bookstore Booms in Brooklyn" (Fort Greene Patch, August 12, 2011)

"Brooklyn's Greenlight Bookstore Adds Two BAM Locations" (Racked, August 9, 2011)

"Locavesting" (audio segment on The Leonard Lopate Show, August 8, 2011)

"How to Do Well and Do Good: Invest in Local Businesses" (video segment on AOL's Daily Finance, July 25, 2011)

"Greenlight Goes Ahead with Expansion" (Shelf Awareness, July 18, 2011)

"Brooklyn's Greenlight Bookstore to Expand" (Publishers Weekly, July 18, 2011)

"11 Places to Go Full Summer Lit Bookworm" (PopSugar, July 11, 2011)

"The Owner of Thistle & Clover Loves This Local Bookstore" (Racked, May 6, 2011)

"Brooklyn Books: 5 independent bookstores to check out" (Eurocheapo, April 22, 2011)

"Falling Out of Love With My e-Reader" (Huffington Post, March 25, 2011)

"Ten Best Independent Bookstores of NYC" (Gothamist, March 9, 2011)



"End Of Days For Bookstores? Not If They Can Help It" (NPR, December 14, 2010)

"Essential New York: Books" (Time Out New York, November 2, 2010)

"Best of New York: Best New Bookstore: Greenlight Bookstore" (Village Voice, October 20, 2010)

"Greenlight Bookstore: Happy First Birthday" (Shelf Awareness, October 15, 2010)

"Grassroots Financing is Underwriting a New Crop of Neighborhood Businesses" (The New Rules Project, August 24, 2010)

"I’ve already come to think of Greenlight as an extension of my home. Everyone knew Fort Greene needed a bookstore, but I don’t think anyone dreamed it would be as perfect a place as Jhumpa Lahiri

"Indie Bookstores Rising: Where the Pros Go" (New York Magazine, August 1, 2010) above

"Indie Bookstores Rising" (New York Magazine, August 1, 2010)

"Bookstores We Love For Their Spirit of Independence" (Huffington Post, July 1, 2010)

"Greenlight Bookstore Tells a Different Story" (Sheepless, May 12, 2010)

"Greenlight Bookstore: NB Fort Greene/Clinton Hill" (, April 11, 2010)

"Six Bookstores Off to a Good Start" (Bookselling This Week, March 18, 2010)

"NY Talk Radio Podcast" (NY Talk Radio, March 8, 2010)

"Steamboat Humor Series" (Comedy Beat, February 18, 2010)

"Ten Things We Love About Fulton Street" (Time Out NY, February 15, 2010)

"This Weekend: Haiti Relief at Greenlight Bookstore" (Fiction Writers Review, January 23, 2010)

"Full Steam Ahead for Greenlight Bookstore's Comedy Show" (The Brooklyn Paper, January 14, 2010)

"Akashic, Greenlight Team to Sell Noir Series" (Publishers Weekly, January 11, 2010)

"A Writerly Nook of Brooklyn" (New York Times, January 7, 2010)


"Open> Store
: Greenlight Bookstore by Frederick Tang of deFT Projects and Jarrett Pelletier" (The Architects Newspaper, December 18, 2009)

"The Book Bench Holiday Gift Guide" (The New Yorker, December 4, 2009)

"Greenlight Bookstore Launch Party" (Time Out New York Kids, October 20, 2009)

"Greenlight Go" (New York Press, October 21, 2009)

"Turn the page in Fort Greene: Greenlight Bookstore Set to Open" (The Daily News, October 16, 2009)

"Two years later, but grant winner finally opens her bookshop" (The Brooklyn Paper, October 14, 2009)

"reader's delight: nyc bookshops" (NYCGO, September 2009)

"Fall Preview 09: Retail Action" (New York Magazine, August 23, 2009)

Greenlight Bookstore renovation blog (Brownstoner ongoing feature, September-October 2009)

"Lit Life: A Bookstore Becoming" (New York Times Fort Greene Local Blog, May 8, 2009)


"A Woman Dreams of Opening a Bookstore, and Defying the Trends" (New York Times, September 18, 2008)


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