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Center for Fiction


Located across the street from BAM and between the Mark Morris Dance Center and Theatre for a New Audience, the Center for Fiction is part of a vibrant artistic renaissance taking place in Downtown Brooklyn. Like several of its neighbors, the Center—now an indie bookstore, lending library, café, event space and literary nightspot—has a venerable history. Founded in 1820 as the Mercantile Library of New York, the Center has hosted talks by the likes of Mark Twain, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Frederick Douglass; more recent authors to have appeared include Rivka Galchen, Edwidge Danticat and Jennifer Egan. The Center’s clean, modern design make browsing a pleasure, and the second-floor deck—when open to the public—makes a fine place to enjoy purchases and a well-made cocktail.

15 Lafayette Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11217



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