The Hobby Shops: Park Slope Hobby Center

In 1960 they were located on 7th Avenue, across the street from Methodist Hospital, and next door to All Saint’s Episcopal Church (although I believe that at one time, probably in the late fifties, they were located a little further north on 7th Avenue), but it’s difficult to say what the exact number was, as all of the small shops on that block were thrown together when the Bohack supermarket opened there in 1962 or 1963. It was a small shop, but they had a nice stock of plastic kits and perhaps even some model trains. Rockets and missiles were very big back then, and the shop window had a display of the various Revell, Aurora, and Adams kits, nicely assembled and neatly painted. At that time, this was the only shop in Brooklyn that stocked the Airfix HO-OO plastic figures, including the ‘Civilians’ (most of the others in the line were soldiers), which were quite difficult to find. Yes, Bobbies really did look like that then-a-days.






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