New York Magazine

Skip to content, or skip to search.

Skip to content, or skip to search.

Best of New York Family 2004

Best Hobby Shop

  • Jan’s

    1435 Lexington Avenue, 212-987-4765

    At Jan’s in Yorkville, kit packages and fittings for miniature model boats, pocket-size planes, small soldiers, and the like are stacked floor-to-ceiling, waiting for the next pair of hands to come along and bring them to small-scale life. Manager Fred Hutchins’s own obsession started at the age of 5 with plastic kits from Woolworth’s. By the time he was a teenager, he noticed a for sale sign in a York Avenue hobby-shop window and persuaded his folks to buy the store. That was 1973. Today, the shop, which moved last year to a bigger space on Lexington Avenue, attracts hobbyists and parents eager to tear their children away from the television. Two even persuaded Hutchins to have their kids’ model-building birthday parties in the store’s dusty dungeon (his only rule: no food). Hutchins and his mom, Collette, are happy to share their architectural secrets. Or catch him Sundays at the 72nd Street Model Boathouse in Central Park, where he sails his remote-control ships for all to see.

From the 2004 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine

Advertising
Order the Issue Today

Cover of New York Magazine's Best of New York issue

Order This Issue

Other Best Of Guides

So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).

Read More...