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Closed for Business: Triangle Sporting Goods, 182 Flatbush Avenue

Approximately two months after being sold to a still-unnamed buyer, the 96-year-old Triangle Sporting Goods, occupying the intersection of Fifth, Flatbush, and Dean, has closed. The gates have been rolled down for over a week, and phone calls have gone unanswered. 

One of the oldest establishments in the borough, Triangle started as an Army surplus store in 1916, run by Betsy Shapiro. Army shoes, cots, and raincoats were soon joined by guns and fishing supplies, and in the 1940s the store essentially became what it was until it closed, after taking over the second floor from a dentist.

It was a charmingly cramped hodgepodge of sporting goods and work clothes, cobbled together over the years, and while much of the walls were covered over by white racks, you get the feeling that years of history are still lurking underneath. It was a quintessential independent neighborhood business, and longtime owner Henry Rosa, who started working there as a teenager, resisted requests to sell for years before finally deciding to take a buyout and retire comfortably. 

There's been a push to bring upscale tenants to the neighborhood as the Barclays Center reaches its opening date, and neighborhood uber-landlord Michael Pintchik recently said that he'd like to bring an Apple Store into the area (he also rejected reported attempts by Hooters to move in). It's unclear who the historic building's next tenant will be (I've heard it will be a restaurant, but that's it), but one thing's for certain: There'll never be another store quite like Triangle. 

Founder Betsy Shapiro in 1916

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Reader Comments (7)

Its always tough to see a long time neighborhood business go-but I dont think anyone whos been in Triangle lately could honestly argue it wasnt its time to move on.

June 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJbob

Turn it into a glass cube and that would be a great apple store right there.

June 28, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterlinkin

I bought some gear in there in 2009 on a holiday from Australia. It's sad it's gone and won't be there on my next trip to Brooklyn.

June 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge (Australia)

It was cramped. Not so sure about that charmingly part.

June 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBen K.

I take nothing away from our WWII "Rosie the Riveter"s, who worked in industry while "our boys" were overseas. But I love that this woman, Betsy Shapiro, had both the chutzpah and the good old American gumption to start her own business in 1916, which means it was before the 1918 influenza pandemic and "the Great War" took its toll of (significantly male) lives.

Ironic that this long-time sporting goods store closed just before a sports arena opens a jump-shot away. Despite the obvious marketing tie-ins, Barclay's is predominantly bringing us booze over b-balls. A "Hooters" in Betsy Shapiro's store? Never!

June 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTony Brooklyn

I actually agree with Tony. Triangle could have had a makeover and made bank off of the admittedly-cool Nets gear. They also more than earned the right to close their doors after 100 years. I agree with Ben that it was more nostalgia than usefulness.

We'll wait and see as to the mystery tenant, I guess. Could be great. Could be a waste. Who knows.

June 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCubanSlope

Betsey was a looker!

June 28, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbrklynmind

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