Throughout most of Shea Stadium’s existence in Flushing Meadows, Queens (except for the last couple of years, when Citifield was being constructed) a large, four-sided clock tower was visible beyond the left-field fence. This was the Serval Zipper Factory, latterly a U-Haul distributorship. The clocks, of course, stopped long ago. In their early days at Shea, fans could see a neon sign on the building saying SERVAL ZIPPERS blink on and off.

The structure was originally the Queens office of William & John Sloane Furniture Co. on Lawrence St. (now College Point Blvd.) in Flushing.  The factory and its clock tower preceded Shea Stadium by several decades, and will now likely survive it for several decades.

The Zipper Factory recently enjoyed some renovations, but not, alas, restoration of its clock.


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  1. jim kirk says:

    What church is on the right…that conspicuous black spire…? Thanks in advance.

  2. KevinJWalsh says:

    That is the spire of St. George Episcopal Church on Main Street. It blew down from a tornado last September.

  3. Rick says:

    Any old photos of the building as it was originally around?

  4. Rob says:

    You can’t forget the FLY DELTA neon sign that was on it for years…It would flash FLY DELTA then list Delta’s citites..If I remember correctly they wewe New Orleans, Chicago and Miami

  5. says:

    I remember W&J Sloane’s Department Store in Manhattan years ago; strictly furniture, linens and fine housewares. A precursor to Pottery Barn and the like . My mother used to shop there now and then. I still have a beautiful bedspread she bought me there. Really a fine and lovely store, like Martin’s, B. Altman’s, Abraham & Straus: all gone now. So many good ones, but a lot of great memories, too.

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