WHO ARE WE? We are not only avid readers but also booksellers with many years of bookselling/managerial experience. We value the importance of promoting literacy, and as residents of Queens wish to bring back a bookstore!

  • Vina Castillo: 4 years of bookselling/managerial experience (Barnes & Noble). BA in Literature and Publishing. You will find on her bookshelf: literary fiction, classics, children's/YA, and four different editions of the Harry Potter series.  Proud Queens resident! Serial music festival go-er, and bitten by the travel bug. 
  • Natalie Noboa: 5 years of bookselling/managerial experience (Books-A-Million, Borders, Barnes & Noble). Lifetime Queens resident. Graduated from Queens College in Secondary English Education with two years at Baruch College for business. You will find on her bookshelf: science fiction, fantasy, an exorbitant amount of YA, memoir, humor, and an accidentally large collection from The Norton Anthology. Loves giraffes and puppies.
  • Holly Nikodem: 2 years as bookstore manager, 10 years in retail management with experience in event planning and niche markets. BA in Print Communication. You will find on her bookshelf: House of Leaves, Bone Clocks, and Brave New World. But also ALL the graphic novels, ALL the manga. 

WHY ARE WE DOING THIS? Queens deserves and is in dire need of more GENERAL PURPOSE bookstores.


We are facing an opportunity to build this from the ground up and with the sole support of the community… We have received an enormous amount of positive feedback and encouragement even at this early stage, and we hope it will be carried on throughout our mission. 
As of January 1st, 2016, Barnes and Noble has closed all of their locations in Queens; Forest Hills, Bayside, Fresh Meadows.
Queens will now have one single GENERAL PURPOSE independent bookstore in the whole borough, located in Astoria. Our mission is to change that!

HOW CAN YOU HELP? Spreading the word is all we ask for. Join our emailing list for updates, follow our Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram.