BookCourt expands — again

BookCourt expands — again

There’s even more BookCourt to love.

The Cobble Hill bookstore recently reopened its lower level for even more browsing of some of the shop’s rarer — and cheaper — offerings.

The floor was closed for use as office space for the past three years. Before that, it housed recent fiction, until that section moved to its new wing, which nearly doubled the bookstore in size when it opened three years ago.

Now, though, it’s a bargain hunter’s paradise, with sections including bargain non fiction, bargain fiction and mystery, bargain art and design, and, most important, the $1 bookcase.

Our favorite finds on a recent visit included “The Oxford Companion to American Literature,” “The Fly Fisherman’s Guide to the Meaning of Life,” “The Bonfire of the Vanities,” and dozens of suspense novels by Robert B. Parker. There were also steals on some Hemingway, Auster and Franzen in the fiction section.

By the summer, the space also may feature some non-reading material — coffee and wine — as general manager Zack Zook hopes to turn the downstairs space into more of a “salon style.”

“People want to gather here, to write and read,” said Zook, whose independent bookstore has continued to thrive as mega-chains like Borders and Barnes and Noble in the city close.

“The neighborhood has been so good to us over the years,” he said. “As the community grows, we’ve been able to embrace the droves of newbies to the area.”

Cheap reads and the promise of booze certainly don’t hurt.

BookCourt [163 Court St. between Pacific and Dean streets in Cobble Hill, (718) 875-3677].