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Local candy stores/ice cream soda fountain stores

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Posted by Nate Goldman on Sunday, November 17th 2019:

One thing that I miss about living in Brooklyn, were the local candy stores, with the ice cream soda fountains. There were not only a large variety of newspapers and magazines, but also a lot of comic books, chocolate candy, ice cream in the freezer, as well as ice cream at the soda fountain. The one which was right across the street from me was owned by Mr. Sherman. He passed in 1956, and his widow eventually sold that business to another gentlemen, around 1957, whose name escapes me. However, the latter person always opened very early in the morning, before 6AM, as he had to take in the newspapers from the delivery truck. His children and grandchildren were always visiting, and they were very nice. I remember that candy store had a telephone booth with a pay telephone, which was 10 cents in those days (for three minutes). If you were on the phone longer than three minutes, the operator would interrupt and cut you off, if you didn't insert another dime, in a timely fashion.
Unfortunately, that candy store was later sold to a different person, in 1962, who attracted juvenile delinquents, which loitered around his store. The candy store eventually closed in 1963, but the hoodlums still continued to hang out in front of the empty candy store, for a long period, after it closed.
In addition to that candy store, there was a larger candy store, operated by Gus Fishman, which was on Avenue H, between Coney Island Avenue and E. 10th St. He also had a very nice soda fountain, where a large ice cream cone would cost no more that 10-15 cents. There was an even larger candy store, which sold a lot of magazines and newspapers, which was located on the southwestern corner of Coney Island Avenue, and Avenue H. It was always very busy.
I believe that there were additional candy stores near Newkirk Plaza, Avenue M, and Kings Highway.
Yes, I miss the neighborhood candy stores, which are lacking today, with all of the chain stores.

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