Greenlight Bookstore's Prospect Lefferts Gardens location in Brooklyn, N.Y., suffered "significant damage" Wednesday night when a frozen pipe burst in the building and sent water pouring through the ceiling, which affected two-thirds of the store space as well as the basement offices. The ceiling, walls, shelves, fixtures "and a whole lot of books" were damaged.
"But we have a lot to be grateful for," Greenlight said in a message to customers. "We're grateful that our booksellers are rock stars--they rescued many books from the flood, preventing far worse damage. We're grateful to the good folks on the maintenance team at the Parkside who jumped into action to help, bringing in dehumidifiers and working overnight to get the building back in shape. We're grateful that we've got good business insurance which will figure everything out eventually. We're even grateful for the 'bomb cyclone,' which gave us a quiet day to figure everything out. And we're grateful that we're in a community that will understand if we look a little ragged for a while."
Yesterday, the Greenlight team cleaned up, with plans to reopen for business on Friday: "All of our scheduled events will take place as planned. We'll restock, repair, and rebuild."
The store opened in November 2016 in a new building. Its other store, in Fort Greene, opened in 2009.