Brooklyn Best is a new documentary that showcases the stories of our neighbors, as they recall their most treasured memories and share their local insights about growing up, living in, and experiencing the culture of New York's "borough of Kings." Share your stories, pictures and videos below, and we may include them in the upcoming broadcast on WNET stations THIRTEEN and WLIW21. Tell us about the special times and places you remember and the times you will never forget.
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Joy Stein Obade

Born on Wallabout Street in Williamsburg, raised in Flatbush on Lincoln Road and Flatbush Avenue near Prospect Park. Dad and his brother owned J&S Hardware on Washington Avenue from 1952 to the early 1990’s around the corner, but our building was so large that his store was actually in the same building. I worked the store even as a kid, learned how to make keys, count change, work the cash register, learned the entire inventory and even went with my Dad on some of the “house calls” he made. I still remember the phone number UL 6-2363 and our apartment was IN 9-7121. He fixed locks, installed venetian blinds, restrung blinds, hung shades. He fixed blinds and shades, toasters, vacuums, irons, anything electric in the store as well. He knew every super and superintendent within 30 blocks of the store because in those days he WAS the only hardware store around. He worked with many children on their science projects and gave people “credit” if they couldn’t afford to pay. Everyone knew my Dad and Uncle and loved them. He played with me in front of store “hit the penny with the ball”, potsie, jump rope tying clothesline to the car, taught me how to ride my bike, use my metal skates with key, taught me how to ice skate in Prospect Park before the rink was there and ALL those think ice signs were everywhere and oh so many ruts in the ice. My Grandma and Aunt lived at 501 Brightwater Court in Brooklyn before the high rise buildings were built so they had a clear view of the ocean. We spent many days there on the beach, boardwalk and Coney Island of course. My Dad was a lifeguard at Brighton Beach as a teenager, and I’ll include a photo of him. My Mom and Dad met on the handball courts in Brighton Beach. Both were confirmed “bachelors” but they met and fell in love and then I came along.