A goodbye that no one wanted to see, after 35 amazing years, BookCourt book store will be closing their doors.  

The husband and wife owners, Henry Zook and Mary Gannet, confirmed this morning that their retirement will start after New Year's Eve.  

What a way to end an amazing career.

BookCourt, which currently occupies 161-163 Court Street, first opened its doors in 1981, adding an expansion in 1996.

According to Gothamist, within the space there is quite the selection of books and genres, including books from small print publishing companies to best selling self-help books.  

They have also hosted many well-known authors such as Junot Diaz, Karl Ove Knausgaard, and Don DeLillo.  

BookCourt is also known for their thriving children's section, which they discussed in their public statement, "We realize that BookCourt’s closing leaves a void in the neighborhood and the industry. We especially want to tell the neighborhood children that we will miss you. Your enthusiasm has been a big part of what made our jobs and the store so wonderful." 

There is something about purchasing and holding an actual book in your hands that you're able to pull pull out on the subway and read, and that's why BookCourt was able to thrive in a time which is basically all digital.


Good for you.

Still no word on what will soon occupy the space on Court Street, but best of luck to future owners, and thank you again for a great 35 years BookCourt!

[Feature Image Courtesy Literary Hub] [via Gothamist]