Hullabaloo Books opened last month at 711a Franklin Ave, transforming a former pawn shop into a book-lovers delight.
Community activist and owner of multiple Crown Heights businesses, Michael de Zayas, converted the empty space into a bookstore that sells new and used books, and a community garden attached to the store that hosts weekly events.
The interior of the store has a warm and inviting feel, with staggered shelving, dimmed lighting and pieces of art scattered among the books.
“The main idea is to create an environment that fosters the growth of a literary and arts culture in Crown Heights” de Zayas said. Since its opening in September, Hullabaloo Books has hosted a weekly sci-fi book club, poetry readings and storytelling hour for kids.
Hullabaloo has already proven popular with locals who come in to buy anything from Jonathon Lethem’s new novel ‘Dissident Gardens’, or a second-hand copy of War and Peace.
De Zayas says that one of the great things about the area is the abundance of art and creativity. Hullabaloo pays tribute to that with a special section dedicated to showcasing the work of local writers and artists. “We are committed to promoting and selling all neighborhood authors and artists, whether world-famous or on their first zine,” he said.
De Zayas used Kickstarter to raise funds to create a full calendar of free events for the store. Over 21 days in July and August he raised over $18,000 that will go toward hosting speakers and authors throughout the year.
Visit Hullabaloo Books’ Facebook page to find out more information on their upcoming events.