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Anyone Remember These New York Hobby Shops?

Posted by Union Turnpike on Wed Feb 3 19:55:31 2010

Do you remember these?

1) Madison Hardware Co. 105 East 23d Street SP7-1111
Open 8-6 Monday through Friday; 8-5 Saturday

2) Model Railroad Equipment Corp. 23 West 45th Street JU2-2760
Open 9-6 Monday through Saturday; Open Thursday to 9

3) National Handicraft Co. 199 William Street RE2-9790
Open 8:30-5:30 Monday through Friday

4) Polk's Model Craft Hobbies 314 Fifth Avenue BR9-9034
Open 9:30-6 Monday through Saturday; Open Thursday to 9; Closed Holidays; During July and August 9:30-5; Open Thursday to 9

5) Your Workshop 417 East 75th Street RE4-6805
Sessions 3 and 7 PM Tuesday and Thursday; 9:30 AM and ! PM Saturday

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Re: Anyone Remember These New York Hobby Shops?

Posted by Allan on Wed Feb 3 20:21:49 2010, in response to Anyone Remember These New York Hobby Shops?, posted by Union Turnpike on Wed Feb 3 19:55:31 2010.

Can't say that I do.

Does anyone remember the New York Bound Bookshop in 50 Rockefeller Plaza?

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Re: Anyone Remember These New York Hobby Shops?

Posted by caine515 on Wed Feb 3 20:34:20 2010, in response to Anyone Remember These New York Hobby Shops?, posted by Union Turnpike on Wed Feb 3 19:55:31 2010.

polks i remember. wound up getting a lot of my model buses from there. Used to be one on 22nd street btwn 6th and 7th avenue. there was also train world on 23rd street near Park Avenue.
memories.

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Re: Anyone Remember These New York Hobby Shops?

Posted by Mellow One on Wed Feb 3 21:00:30 2010, in response to Re: Anyone Remember These New York Hobby Shops?, posted by caine515 on Wed Feb 3 20:34:20 2010.

The one on 22nd St was the AHC (America's Hobby Center) store.
My local store in the Bronx was the Fordham Hobby Center on Fordham Road West of 3rd Ave.

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Re: Anyone Remember These New York Hobby Shops?

Posted by Hart Bus on Wed Feb 3 21:16:12 2010, in response to Re: Anyone Remember These New York Hobby Shops?, posted by caine515 on Wed Feb 3 20:34:20 2010.

I also remember Polk's due to their advertsing placards inside many subway cars. Haven't ever seen one up for sale on E-bay. Wonder if any still exist or could someone print up a repro.

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Re: Anyone Remember These New York Hobby Shops?

Posted by italianstallion on Wed Feb 3 22:19:33 2010, in response to Anyone Remember These New York Hobby Shops?, posted by Union Turnpike on Wed Feb 3 19:55:31 2010.

Went to Madison's all the time for a while for repairs to vintage 1950s Lionel equipment.

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Re: Anyone Remember These New York Hobby Shops?

Posted by R36 #9346 on Wed Feb 3 22:24:46 2010, in response to Anyone Remember These New York Hobby Shops?, posted by Union Turnpike on Wed Feb 3 19:55:31 2010.

I remember the one on West 45th Street. Tiny little basement shop. But they did sell the subway calendar.

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Re: Anyone Remember These New York Hobby Shops?

Posted by South Brooklyn Railway on Wed Feb 3 22:26:47 2010, in response to Anyone Remember These New York Hobby Shops?, posted by Union Turnpike on Wed Feb 3 19:55:31 2010.

Is The Red Caboose still around?

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Re: Anyone Remember These New York Hobby Shops?

Posted by Broadway Lion on Wed Feb 3 22:45:12 2010, in response to Re: Anyone Remember These New York Hobby Shops?, posted by South Brooklyn Railway on Wed Feb 3 22:26:47 2010.

The owner of the Red Caboose (and his cats) have taken over the shop that was in the basement on 45th Street. Just as crowded as ever down there, but not the same as when it was under its original ownership.

ROAR

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Re: Anyone Remember These New York Hobby Shops?

Posted by italianstallion on Wed Feb 3 22:54:03 2010, in response to Re: Anyone Remember These New York Hobby Shops?, posted by Broadway Lion on Wed Feb 3 22:45:12 2010.

From their website, they seem to be de-emphasizing trains.

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Re: Anyone Remember These New York Hobby Shops?

Posted by Wayne-MrSlantR40 on Wed Feb 3 23:30:46 2010, in response to Anyone Remember These New York Hobby Shops?, posted by Union Turnpike on Wed Feb 3 19:55:31 2010.

Model RR equipment I remember very well. I still have quite a few buildings I built from kits I purchased there in the late 60s.

wayne


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Re: Anyone Remember These New York Hobby Shops?

Posted by newlots#2 on Wed Feb 3 23:38:19 2010, in response to Anyone Remember These New York Hobby Shops?, posted by Union Turnpike on Wed Feb 3 19:55:31 2010.

I remember Madison Hardware very well. Used to hang out there all the time. They had tons of vintage Lionel gear.

Someone bought the place out and moved it to Michigan and ran it there for a while. Apparently there were several semi trailers full of Lionel gear stuffed into that little building.

They then closed in Michigan and had a huge auction of all of the stuff. Sadly it's all gone now.

http://www.trains.com/ctt/default.aspx?c=a&id=550

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Re: Anyone Remember These New York Hobby Shops?

Posted by Karl M, Ex New Yorker on Thu Feb 4 02:22:16 2010, in response to Re: Anyone Remember These New York Hobby Shops?, posted by Broadway Lion on Wed Feb 3 22:45:12 2010.

And that was Ma Webster, a very interesting place to visit, as I
shopped in all the one's mentioned. Polk's had an old man as the elevator which had a great sense of humor was a great joke teller as well sad there no longer in business. Karl M

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Re: Anyone Remember These New York Hobby Shops?

Posted by piyer on Thu Feb 4 04:42:16 2010, in response to Re: Anyone Remember These New York Hobby Shops?, posted by italianstallion on Wed Feb 3 22:54:03 2010.

It's sad, but that seems to be a reflection on interest in model trains in general. I was at FAO Schwarz last month and their entire train selection consisted of Lionel's PRR freight set, NYCS 3-car add-on shorty passenger cars set, and the Harry Potter Hogwarts Express set; and a selection of Thomas & Friends wooden trains. No HO or N scale sets whatsoever. Very slim pickings. Target -- at least the one by Brooklyn College -- is worse. I have yet to see any train sets for sale there.

It seems that "boy toys" tend toward the computer & video game or RC markets, while "girl toys" are still more... traditional??? ...with dolls, Easy Bake Ovens, etc.

I'm not sure if this is a result of the mindset of the buyers for these stores, a lack of broad spectrum advertising on the part of the model train industry, or, more likely, a combination of the two that's failing to get and keep train sets on the store shelves. Out of sight, out of mind, right?



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Re: Anyone Remember These New York Hobby Shops?

Posted by SLRT on Thu Feb 4 06:56:43 2010, in response to Anyone Remember These New York Hobby Shops?, posted by Union Turnpike on Wed Feb 3 19:55:31 2010.

I remember Madison Hardware (lots of Lionel), Carmen Webster's MREC and Polk's. All great stores.

Model Railroad Equipment Corporation carried a full line of just about everything Silver Leaf made, wrote or imported. She demanded a higher level of discount from vendors, but could she move the merchandise!!

MREC, in addition ro having a big O scale/gauge section in the back was Brass Heaven!! I guess that's not such a big deal now. A big O Scale steam artic at around $600 (1965 dollars) was to die for.

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Re: Anyone Remember These New York Hobby Shops?

Posted by Steve B-8AVEXP on Thu Feb 4 07:51:44 2010, in response to Anyone Remember These New York Hobby Shops?, posted by Union Turnpike on Wed Feb 3 19:55:31 2010.

There was also Julie's Train Store that carried Flyer and Savoy Merchandise, a clearinghouse.

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Re: Anyone Remember These New York Hobby Shops?

Posted by GIS Man on Thu Feb 4 08:23:47 2010, in response to Anyone Remember These New York Hobby Shops?, posted by Union Turnpike on Wed Feb 3 19:55:31 2010.

Can't say I do. In any case, 199 William St. is now somewhere in the middle of the Downtown Hospital and/or Pace University.

Bob



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Re: Anyone Remember These New York Hobby Shops?

Posted by ebtmikado on Thu Feb 4 09:15:27 2010, in response to Anyone Remember These New York Hobby Shops?, posted by Union Turnpike on Wed Feb 3 19:55:31 2010.

I used to shop at MREC, Red Caboose, AHC and Polks.
Lived 7 miles from Hoboken on the Erie. A Saturday
in NYC hobby shops was always fun.

Lee


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Re: Anyone Remember These New York Hobby Shops?

Posted by ntrainride on Thu Feb 4 09:43:39 2010, in response to Re: Anyone Remember These New York Hobby Shops?, posted by piyer on Thu Feb 4 04:42:16 2010.

Still got Trainworld and Trainland:

Trainworld.com

and Willis Hobbies:

Willis Hobbies

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Re: Anyone Remember These New York Hobby Shops?

Posted by Hank Eisenstein on Thu Feb 4 10:02:05 2010, in response to Re: Anyone Remember These New York Hobby Shops?, posted by Allan on Wed Feb 3 20:21:49 2010.

I think I do...I know I bought some RR books at the location, but it wasn't a Barnes and Noble.

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Re: Anyone Remember These New York Hobby Shops?

Posted by Hank Eisenstein on Thu Feb 4 10:03:37 2010, in response to Re: Anyone Remember These New York Hobby Shops?, posted by R36 #9346 on Wed Feb 3 22:24:46 2010.

Still there, sort of...http://www.theredcaboose.com/

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Re: Anyone Remember These New York Hobby Shops?

Posted by Karl M, Ex New Yorker on Thu Feb 4 11:45:00 2010, in response to Anyone Remember These New York Hobby Shops?, posted by Union Turnpike on Wed Feb 3 19:55:31 2010.

A few more to add to the list, Terminal Hobby Shop 58 Courtland St
Model Craft and hobbies 314 5th Ave bought some books there. House of Mulraney Trainland Lynbrook L.I. bought my Unimat SL there and it still works fine, Franklin Hobby shop 81 Franklin Ave, Levitown L.I.
Wadell Hobbies, 6 Newkirk Ave I got some cheap O scale freight cars there, and my favorite hobby shop Nagenast on Fresh Pond Rd is no more, this was around 57, so much was lost what a shame. Karl M

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Re: Anyone Remember These New York Hobby Shops?

Posted by Allan on Thu Feb 4 11:47:42 2010, in response to Re: Anyone Remember These New York Hobby Shops?, posted by Hank Eisenstein on Thu Feb 4 10:02:05 2010.

No, it wasn't. It was a small, intimate shop. There would be occasional book signings there on subway related books. That is where Larry Stelter first showed the proofs on "By The El"



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Re: Anyone Remember These New York Hobby Shops?

Posted by Hank Eisenstein on Thu Feb 4 12:09:11 2010, in response to Re: Anyone Remember These New York Hobby Shops?, posted by Allan on Thu Feb 4 11:47:42 2010.

By the location, I mean Rockefeller Center, not where B&N is. I remember a smallish bookshop in the early 1990s.

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Re: Anyone Remember These New York Hobby Shops?

Posted by GIS Man on Thu Feb 4 13:15:07 2010, in response to Anyone Remember These New York Hobby Shops?, posted by Union Turnpike on Wed Feb 3 19:55:31 2010.

There is still one (cannot remember name) on the west side of NJ State Hwy 35 somewhere between the Monmouth Mall and the Asbury Park Circle.

Bob

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Re: Anyone Remember These New York Hobby Shops?

Posted by milan1834 on Thu Feb 4 15:03:50 2010, in response to Anyone Remember These New York Hobby Shops?, posted by Union Turnpike on Wed Feb 3 19:55:31 2010.

I remember Polk's well. As a kid, I used to marvel at its collection of brass HO scale steam locomotives, especially New York Central.

Also I remember the Gilbert Hall Of Science (American Flyer) at Madison Square, and the Lionel showroom nearby on 25th Street, I believer.

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Re: Anyone Remember These New York Hobby Shops?

Posted by italianstallion on Thu Feb 4 17:08:16 2010, in response to Re: Anyone Remember These New York Hobby Shops?, posted by ntrainride on Thu Feb 4 09:43:39 2010.

I found this on the Trainworld website:

"THE MODEL RAILROAD EQUIPMENT & ACCESSORIES WE SELL ARE NOT TOYS,
AND ARE NOT INTENDED FOR USE BY CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 14"

I certainly had Lionels well before I was 14; so did my kids.
Maybe they'd sell more trains if they marketed them as toys.

If they only hope to sell to old farts like us, they are doomed.

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Re: Anyone Remember These New York Hobby Shops?

Posted by rbseabeach on Thu Feb 4 18:03:51 2010, in response to Re: Anyone Remember These New York Hobby Shops?, posted by italianstallion on Thu Feb 4 17:08:16 2010.

I remember the original trainworld on Avenue M & East 16th Street!!
Also there was a hoby shop on East 23rd & Park Ave South NE corner.


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Re: Anyone Remember These New York Hobby Shops?

Posted by Jackson Park B Train on Thu Feb 4 19:13:06 2010, in response to Re: Anyone Remember These New York Hobby Shops?, posted by italianstallion on Thu Feb 4 17:08:16 2010.

they are dealing with the liability crap. When I was playing w/ my Lionel (7 and up) I learned the hard way to unplug the xfmr when attaching the lockon. Too much reality for today's pampered pre yuppies.

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Re: Anyone Remember Ma Webster Hobby Shop?

Posted by mustangstrains on Fri Mar 12 15:46:28 2010, in response to Re: Anyone Remember These New York Hobby Shops?, posted by Karl M, Ex New Yorker on Thu Feb 4 02:22:16 2010.

Hello, I was told about a Herbert Walthers that used to work at Ma Webster's.

Apparently he used to scratch build steam locomotives. I have a large brass challenger I was told may have been built by him. I am trying to locate any information on the man or shop owners that I can. I am trying to match this engine up with it's proper builder's name as it is so amazing to look at, it deserves to have it's creators name re-tied to it instead of being lost to history. Can anyone help me?

a69mustang4me at yahoo dot com. Thanks. Sean

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Re: Anyone Remember These New York Hobby Shops?

Posted by Billy P. on Fri Mar 12 19:01:44 2010, in response to Re: Anyone Remember These New York Hobby Shops?, posted by Karl M, Ex New Yorker on Thu Feb 4 11:45:00 2010.

Nagengast is still around..........they moved up the block to a smaller store (closer to 68th Road). It's now strictly a hobby shop, no more hardware. I haven't been in there yet so I can't give any more details.

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Re: Anyone Remember These New York Hobby Shops?

Posted by Larry,RedbirdR33 on Fri Mar 12 20:34:51 2010, in response to Anyone Remember These New York Hobby Shops?, posted by Union Turnpike on Wed Feb 3 19:55:31 2010.

Madison Hardware definitely. They were a great source of material for Lionel trains. Polk's Hobby Store had three floors and each one was devoted to a different hobby. The Model Railroad Equipment Corp. was the best. Always a friendly staff and a good place to keep up with new developements in model trains. Its too bad that they went out of business.


Larry, RedbirdR33


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Re: Anyone Remember These New York Hobby Shops?

Posted by Union Turnpike on Fri Mar 12 21:07:48 2010, in response to Re: Anyone Remember These New York Hobby Shops?, posted by Larry,RedbirdR33 on Fri Mar 12 20:34:51 2010.

Do you remember Mr. Carlo Shaw at Madison Hardware?


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