Such a lovely evening yesterday meeting the ladies behind the Astoria Bookshop, aka the one thing necessary to make my neighborhood complete. Lexi and Connie organized a meetup for local book nerds (well, they didn’t put it quite like that) to hear about what people want in a bookstore. Serious discussions were had about flooring choices, event spaces, how to shelve YA and romance, and the pros and cons of a bookshop cat. The new shop is going to be about a 3 minute walk from my front door, under the subway tracks at 31-29 31st Street. They plan to open mid-August. Here’s to female-owned businesses improving the neighborhood!