BookCourt is amazingly still in business, even though a huge B&N looms on a nearby corner. Unlike some independent bookstores, BookCourt's shelves are always full, and full of a great selection (especially travel books). The staff is helpful but not over-eager (just right), and will special order just about anything you need. There is a cute separate kid's section. Every time I've gone to BookCourt there have been plenty of Brooklyn kids and moms browsing very happily through the aisles, which creates a nice neighborhood atmosphere.