Tastemaker Guide: Jessica Stockton-Bagnulo of Greenlight Bookstore

Text by Jessica Stockton-Bagnulo Tuesday, May 17, 2022

9 Questions with Jessica Stockton-Bagnulo

Greenlight Bookstore Owner

BkT: One word to describe your neighborhood?

JS-B: Home!

BkT: What’s your ideal weekend morning spent around the neighborhood?

JS-B: A Saturday ramble through the Farmer's Market, of course. Or maybe bagels from Russ + Daughters in the Navy Yard.

BkT: Favorite place to catch up with an old friend?

JS-B: Olea on Lafayette is great for catching up with friends - the best Mediterranean food and a sophisticated yet neighborhorhoody vibe.

BkT: Favorite date spot?

BS: My wife and I date one another around the world but in Dumbo we go to the River Cafe.

BkT: Best breakfast spot?

JS-B: My husband and I love to go to movies at the Alamo Theater at City Point. For a dinner date, Evelina is a special treat. Or just a picnic in Fort Greene Park.

BkT: Where you treat yourself?

JS-B: Cafe Paulette is my favorite for brunch - delicious French/American comfort food, with a view of the park.

BkT: A must-try in the neighborhood?

JS-B: Fort Greene Park has folks from literally all walks of life doing all varieties of activities - it's lovely to sit on a bench and watch it go by.

BkT: The neighborhood wouldn’t be the same without _____?

JS-B: The banana pudding at Brooklyn Sweet Spot on Myrtle - as their sign puts it, "The Banana Pudding aOf Yo Whole Life"!


Greenlight Bookstore

For more than ten years, Greenlight has been an important part of the cultural fabric of Fort Greene and a literary destination for readers all over. Founders Rebecca Fitting and Jessica Stockton Bagnulo had always envisioned it as more than a bookstore: Greenlight not only hosts its own community events, but also is a key partner in bringing to life other important literary series such at Brooklyn Voices at St. Joseph’s college and Unbound, in partnership with BAM, where audiences and some of today’s most important writers share direct engagement over critical topics facing contemporary society.