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On a google street view link from elsewhere I spotted an old sign for Manny’s Men’s Shop, at the Kings Highway BMT station on West 7th. I can’t make out the address, but I doubt it’s still around.
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sign no longer there as well..
…and a more recent photo reveals it’s been painted over.
It looks like the sign is also no longer around. At 0:14 in the video below (not mine, just one that I found), you can see that the side of the building has been painted.
At the NYC Municipal Archives Gallery there’s a 1980s tax photo that includes the sign when it was in better shape:
More information about what became of Manny’s is here:
Some info from here, don’t know how accurate: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gkjarvis/229542430/
“The asian restaurant remodeled the old storedront which had a recessed entrance with display windows on both sides. Manny’s was replaced by a womens’ lingerie shop which later became the restaurant.
West 7th st & Kings Highway.”
This shop was owned & operated by Manny Rosen, who was one of the few survivors of a capsized cruise ship back in 1972.
His wife, Belle, a former star of her Brooklyn high school swim team, perished in the disaster after diving to save other passengers. She succumbed to a heart attack.
Up until the time Manny retired & sold the business, he errected an upside down Christmas Tree in front of the store as a tribute to Belle. According to survivors accounts, one was utilized in this very way as means to climb up & out of the topsy-turvey main dining room.
Boy, this sure sounds like the 1972 movie “The Poseidon Adventure”
Never got off at that station..It’s the Sea Beach N?…..still looks like a nice area
God bless, Mrs. Rosen!
– James Martin
Was’nt MAnny shot and killed in a robbery in his store? I belive he was hard of hearing.
It’s deafenitely possible.
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