A Trip to the Community Bookstore, Brooklyn

If there’s one thing Carson Cistulli has his finger on — that is, besides the keys of the uber-sleek netbook on which he’s (read: I’m) currently typing these words — it’s the pulse of the people. And if there’s one thing the people want it’s definitely HELLA PICTURES OF BOOKS. Badly composed, poorly lit pictures of used baseball books, specifically.

In an attempt to capitalize on the public’s insatiable appetite for book-y photos, allow me to offer the following: some pictures I took at The Community Bookstore, located on Court Street in the Cobble Hill/Carroll Gardens neighborhood of Brooklyn.

The Community Bookstore, in the event that you don’t know, looks like this when you walk into it:

Also, if a recent Yelp comment is accurate, the store’s hours are 3pm-11pm.

Also, the proprietor looks like a much-bedraggled version of Dr. Stephen Falken from 1983’s science-fiction thriller WarGames.

In any case, here are some frigging books:

Title: 1990-91 Baseball’s Hottest Rookies
Author: Score
Notes: It’s not the case necessarily that all the hottest rookies materialize into the hottest veterans. QED:

Hensley Meulens‘ career MLB line: .220/.288/.353 (.295 BABIP), -1.4 WAR in 549 PAs.


Title: Minor League Baseball Stars, Vol. III
Author: Edited, actually, by L. Robert Davids (and SABR)
Notes: I’d have bought it, but owning the third volume of something without owning — or even knowing the whereabouts of — the previous two volumes is decidedly irksome.


Title: The Bill James Player Ratings Book, 1993
Author: Bill James and Co.
Notes: The 1994 and 1995 books were also there and I bought the crap out of all three editions — for just $3.95 each.

Exterior shot courtesy of Bridge and Tunnel Club. First interior shot courtesy of Charlie Gower.

Carson Cistulli has published a book of aphorisms called Spirited Ejaculations of a New Enthusiast.

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13 years ago

I don’t know about anyone else, but I personally cannot get enough of photos of used baseball books. It’s like a drug. And I desperately want Vol. III of Minor League Baseball Stars.