I needed some keys made. So I stopped by a small locksmith on 9th Street in Park Slope that I've passed by a hundred times without a thought. Fifth Avenue Key Shop. Turns out the place has been in business since 1924. I never would have imagined it. But I guess key makers can be multi-generational as much as any other line of business.
The owner told me the business was founded on Fifth Avenue—hence the name. But they moved around the corner after a few years and have been there every since.
There are a few old pictures just inside the door. One shows that the shop used to be next door to a movie theatre. (It's a McDonald's now.) Alice's Beauty Shoppe was above. (Empty now.) A lawyer's office and Western Union Shop were on the other side.
Another picture shows that the layout of the store hasn't changed much over the years. Same low tin ceiling, too.
The new keys work fine.