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‘Here’s A Book Store’ Named City’s Best, Daily News Rubs Salt In Sheepshead’s Wounds

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Finally, Sheepshead Bay has a booksto… oh… nevermind.

A local book store in Sheepshead Bay Midwood has been voted Best Independent Bookstore in New York by the New York Daily News, who, naturally, couldn’t get the neighborhood correct. But, anyway…

Sylvia Levy, owner of Here’s a Book Store at 1964 Coney Island Avenue, says her store is “both the best book store and the worst in the neighborhood,” because it’s the only book shop in the area. It’s the only shop to survive out of six local book stores in the last 35-years.

Here’s a Book Store attends to the over half-dozen nearby yeshivas, carrying many books on the curriculum, while 80 percent of the other books in the store are used. Since parking is hard to come by in the neighborhood, the store has a valet service where books are delivered to customers in their cars waiting outside.

We’ve suggested that Sheepshead Bay needs an used book store in the past, but it seems that our wish has yet to be granted. Instead we get the Daily News makin’ us feel bad…


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  1. These guys deserve it. Been buying books here since I was allowed to ride the bus alone. Great people, and I’m sure they have saved many a bookworm in Sheepshead, even if they’re not in it. 

  2. “We’ve suggested that Sheepshead Bay needs an used book store in the past…” Rewriting history again, eh, Sheepshead Bay Bites? This is certainly the first I’ve heard of it.

  3. I know. I was being a smart-ass. (I know. Shocking!) I’m sure if we go back to this site’s first week of articles, Ned probably mentioned at least three or four times.

  4. And in real time conversations I’ve had with him as well.

    But the bookstore that Sylvia Levy runs is excellent. It’s so good that it’s worth traveling a little bit of time to get to.

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