29 January 2008

A Good Sign: J & J Hat Center



This hat emporium, on Fifth just south of the Empire State, is the only place in New York City where you will see the name Borsalino (the elegant Italian hat manufacturer) in lights.

3 comments:

VictoiseC aka the wild rabbit said...

Remember the hat place that used to be on 9th (or 8th?) where the new NY Times is? That was a great hat store. Wonder if they moved somewhere or just closed.

VictoiseC aka the wild rabbit said...

Thanks for the tip on this place. Remember the hat store on 8th Avenue where the new NY Times is now?
That was a great hat store. Wonder if they moved or just closed for good.

Brooks of Sheffield said...

That place was Arnold Hatters, better known as Knox Hats, because of its old sign. They did not close. They moved further down Eighth Avenue, around 36th Street. I think they're still doing all right, though not the business they did in their previous location, since it was close to Broadway and much of their trade is from the theatre. I know the family wasn't happy about moving. It's one of my favorite stores in the city. There's a nice profile of it in a book called "On Broadway, Men Still Wear Hats."