Book Shopping At Molasses Books

A used bookstore on Hart Street in Bushwick, Molasses offers you a place to trade in your old books for someone else’s and grab a drink while you’re at it.

Recommended by passersby like Grace Miceli, Katie Garcia, Carrie Schaff, and Nicole Hokayem, the shop is known for selling used books on the cheap (yes, actually), being the pioneer of Bushwick's lit scene, and of course, its liquor license. I stopped by Molasses Books for a leisurely browse through their stacks. 

Molasses Books Passerguide

With a bar serving coffee, wine and beer alongside its stacks of used books for sale, Molasses is more than just a bookstore, and their hours are further proof: they're open from 10am to 12am daily, so night owls don't have to cut their browsing short.

Molasses Books Passerguide
The selection at Molasses is eclectic, and you can find anything from zines and art books to classic literature and presidential biographies, if that’s your thing. They’ve got titles you probably read (or didn’t read) for a high school English class right alongside obscure books you’ve never heard of.
Molasses Passerguide

In addition to buying and selling old books, the space hosts events like readings, meetings, DJs, and happy hour daily from 6-8pm.

Molasses books passerbuys

If you're looking for a place to turn over your old books so somebody else can enjoy them, or trying to find something new to read, head over to Molasses Books.

Visit Molasses Books at 770 Hart St, Brooklyn, NY 11237


Words & Photography by Caitlin Rance