Living Above the Family Book Store in Brooklyn

Living Above the Family Book Store in Brooklyn

Aaron Able
Jul 29, 2009

Henry Zook and Mary Gannet opened their independent bookstore, BookCourt in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn in 1981. More than 25 years later, BookCourt has grown to include part of the building next door and the family still lives above the space...

Henry and Mary separated in 2002 (Mr. Zook now resides a few blocks away) but both still work in the store. Mary and their second son Ben, live in the original duplex above the original store and their oldest son Zack (BookCourt's general manager) lives in the adjacent building above the store with his St. Bernard.

Read the whole story and see all the pictures in the The New York Times: Over the Family Store, Staff Quarters and the slideshow .

(Image: ©2009 Chester Higgins Jr./The New York Times)

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