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Posted by Nate on Tuesday, October 10th 2017:

In Reply to: Newkirk Plaza posted by Richard Addotta on Tuesday, October 10th 2017:

I have some pleasant memories of Newkirk Plaza, and some unpleasant ones. The pleasant ones were going to Waldell Hobby and seeing and buying the latest games, and Lionel train accessories. Also, I bought a slide projector in 1969 from Foto Finish, which I still use to view old slides. I also bought an 8mm Bell and Howell movie projector from Foto Finish, in 1970, which I still have, but don't use. In addition, the Manager at the South Brooklyn Savings Bank was very nice. At that time, they were selling savings bank life insurance. Unfortunately, his counterpart, at the Manufacturer's Hanover Trust, across the Plaza was not so nice. Some of the tellers by the after hours window, were also not that pleasant. However, the tellers at the South Brooklyn Savings Bank were very nice. There was a bar on Newkirk Plaza, which my 13 year old cousin actually went into and asked if he could shovel their walkway, when it snowed. I believe that he shoveled the snow, outside that bar; I don't know how much they paid him. There was also a small post office at the Northwest corner of the Plaza, which burned to the ground in 1970. I don't recall the other businesses at Newkirk Plaza. There was a very nice bakery near the Plaza, on Foster Avenue and Argyle Rd. I don't recall the name, but one time, I must have waited close to an hour for service, since it was so crowded. I was last there in 2009 for a visit, and couldn't get over the physical changes. For one thing, Newkirk Plaza was bifurcated with the remodeling of the Newkirk Avenue BMT station. In the past, it was easier to get from one end of the station to the other.

Incidentally, Arlene, I lived on Westminster Road, which was the next street to the West of Argyle Rd. There were many times when I would get off the BMT Express train at Newkirk Plaza, and walk to Westminster Rd., and Avenue H. I didn't want to wait 10-15 minutes for the Brighton Local to come in, and I figured I could save time by walking.

In July, 1971, my 1965 Rambler croaked, as the transmission died right by Newkirk Plaza. I had to call the AAA for a tow truck to get it out of there. Even when the car was being towed to the junk yard, there was an impatient motorist in back of the tow truck who kept honking his horn, for the tow driver to go faster!

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