26 March 2010

86-Year-Old Locksmith in Park Slope


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.

7 comments:

mingusal said...

That's on 9th St, not 3rd St. The theater is the old Avon that was there from 1914 until the late '70s. A little more information on the theater, along with some links to old pictures of it, and the locksmith shop, can be found here:
http://cinematreasures.org/theater/4033/

Brooks of Sheffield said...

Correction made.

Locksmith in NY said...

Unbelievable this proofs that gander stereotyping doesn't apply anywhere

Locksmith New York said...

In my opinion, the number of years in the business could be one of the benchmarks to check.

Locksmiths in Edinburgh said...

I think its great to see something going for so long!

Locksmith Brooklyn said...

Really its great to see the information about such an old locksmith store.

Brooks of Sheffield said...

It's weird. Of the thousands of posts I've done over the years, this one has attracted the most spam. Every week, I have to delete a comment from a slimy locksmith who's trying to slip in a link to their business website. Who knew locksmiths to be so unscrupulous?