The first known inhabitants of this area of Brooklyn were the Canarsee Indians. In 1849, a real estate developer named William Bell bought much of the property that is today known as Windsor Terrace from John Vanderbelt and subdivided it into 47 building lots. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle first referred to this area of Brooklyn as “WIndsor Terrace” in March, 1854.
Windsor Terrace was a highly desirable location to live in due to it’s proximity to the city of Brooklyn, but the village still retained a suburban feel. From 1900 to 1919, row houses and two story homes were constructed, and in 1925 rumors that the subway would soon be serving the area accelerated the pace of development and prompted the construction of apartment buildings. The IND subway system arrived in the area in 1933.
In the 1960s, Windsor Terrace still felt like a small town and to keep it that way in the 1980’s the area was rezoned to prevent high-rise construction. Today the community is vibrant and coping with issues that follow extensive gentrification.
Community Bookstore is less than two miles north of Windsor Terrace. 9 minutes by car, 11 by bike or 20+ minutes by bus if you combine it with a short walk. If you decide to hoof the entire trip, it’s a very enthralling 35 minutes. We are located at 143 7th Ave. Brooklyn NY
Community Bookstore has been serving Brooklyn since 1971. It is many things to many people. A bookstore, yes, but also a community gathering place and cultural refuge. Our store is notable for a considered selection of new books, for our garden, and for our animals (one cat and one turtle, at present).
In 2013, we took over a bookshop at 242 Prospect Park West in the heart of Windsor Terrace, renamed it Terrace Books, and stocked it with a mix of new, collectible and curated used books. But no cat. Community Bookstore’s Tiny, so famous he’s on the cover of a bestseller in Japan, refuses to share the spotlight!
Zip codes in Windsor Terrace include 11218, 11215
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