With a focus on literary fiction, independent bookstore Troubled Sleep debuts in Park Slope


A bookstore selling new and used books has opened at 129 6th Avenue in Park Slope.

Troubled Sleep, a name shared with a novel by Jean-Paul Sartre, opened in the neighborhood on Monday. Customer feedback on social media has been enthusiastic.

When Brownstoner stopped by on Wednesday, the shop was full of excited browsers and people dropping off used books. (The bookstore’s business card says it will buy second-hand books from readers.)

The store’s bookmark states that it offers “A wide variety of quality books at low prices. Specializing in both classic and contemporary literary fiction. The majority of the shelf space is devoted to fiction, drama, and poetry, with smaller sections on New York history, art, architecture, and children’s books.

Troubled Sleep is open seven days a week on the ground floor of a three-story brick building in the historic Park Slope neighborhood. The shop is lined with almost floor-to-ceiling wooden bookcases. Eye-catching mosaic tiles make up the floor.

According to a Facebook post by someone who says they helped build the space, the store’s design was inspired by Enzo Mari’s 1974 book Autoprogettazione, which roughly translates to a DIY guide to conceptual mind, written poster. “Enzo has been called the Communist Designer and honestly he’s been a huge inspiration to all of my work since I was introduced to him,” the commenter said. “Go see and buy some books!!!!”

From 2012 to 2015 at least, the storefront housed Pet Boutique and Supplies, and dating back to 2006, it housed the Pottery Cafe, according to old photos.

Troubled Sleep is far from the only bookstore in Park Slope, sharing the neighborhood with longtime community bookstore, PowerHouse on 8 and a branch of Barnes & Noble.

The business opens at a time when Brooklyn is seeing new bookstores flourish. Cobble Hill’s popular books are Magic plans to open a second store in Brooklyn Heights, Burnt Books recently launched in Greenpoint, and The Word Is Change opened on Tompkins Avenue in Bed Stuy, among others.

[Photos by Susan De Vries]

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