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Indigo Cafe and Books (former)

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Black-owned bookstore, cafe and community space, now online

Place Details

Borough : Brooklyn
Neighborhood : Fort Greene
Commercial, Highlights in Central Brooklyn, Arts and Entertainment, African/ American, Shopping

Place Matters Profile

Until its 2004 closing, Indigo Café and Books in Fort Greene was one of only a few black-focused and operated bookstores in Brooklyn. More than just a bookstore and café, Indigo was also a cultural center and the sponsor of numerous community events.

In the 1990s Jennifer Brissett, a former electrical engineer and computer programmer living near Fort Greene, realized the need for a neighborhood bookstore. She envisioned a community space that was warm and inviting--a place to "break down walls between people with books."

Brissett found space for her new business in a former storefront beauty parlor on Fulton Street. Here she created a modern-feeling bookstore with brick interiors. Among Indigo's features were a health-conscious café that was used both as a reading and meeting area, a seating area with African-inspired decor and a backyard garden--all places to encourage gathering and relaxation. Also true to her original vision, Indigo served as a cultural center, sponsoring a number of community events such

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Anonymous Nominator

A beautiful space home to book readings, dance performances, theater, womens' pampering parties. The owner is open to sponsoring community groups' use of the space.


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