The Center for Fiction Will Open in Fort Greene in February

Rendering by BKSK Architects


The Center for Fiction has set a date for their move to Brooklyn.

On February 1, 2019, the nonprofit will open in an 18,000-square-foot space at 15 Lafayette Avenue in Fort Greene. Joining an increasing arts-centric neighborhood — BAM, Mark Morris Dance Group, and Theatre for a New Audience are all nearby — will certainly boost the organization’s profile, and the additional space will offer a cafe, a larger bookshop and an auditorium for live events. A bigger reading room and more classrooms and space for writers will also be available in the new location.

According to a representative, the new space will feature a unique word-based design — including the word “fore/word” on the front door, lamps shaped as books, furniture using books and quotes from writers on the walls.

15 Lafayette Avenue in early 2018

15 Lafayette Avenue in early 2018. Photo by Susan De Vries

Founded in 1821, the Center for Fiction was originally a membership library meant to prepare young men for the mercantile trade. It bounced around a number of Manhattan locations and hosted writers such as Mark Twain. It was last located on 47th Street on the Upper East Side, in a building the organization sold nine years later for $18 million.

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