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They say all good things must come to an end.

My guy Carl Manco, along with his brother Anthony is closing shop at Sport Prospect.

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Carl’s been at 362 7th avenue (between 10th and 11th street.) for the last 29 years. He’s been a great friend over this time.  He’s one of the best.

I first met Carl in the late 1970’s.  At the time I was in the 6th grade at Holy Name and Carl was running a basketball league down at St. Saviour high school.  My two good friends Frankie and Jimmy Cullen played in the league, so I’d go down with them whenever they had a game.

I sat courtside, alone on a folding chair, filled with envy wishing I could play.

In my early 20’s while unemployed (which was often), which was often, Carl hired me at Paragon Sporting Goods over in the city.  I didn’t have a very good work ethic at the time, nor was I fully committed to the philosophy of making a living.

My tenure at 18th street and Broadway didn’t last long; I quit after a week. That decision is one of many in my early days that I wish I could get a do over on; little did I realize at the time Carl had put his reputation on the line by bringing me in.

I felt that I had let him down.

For the past few years, each time I visit the neighborhood I make it a point to stop in the store and chat with him.

Here’s a link to DNAinfo on the closing.

“It’s sad, but it’s not a bad thing,” 64-year-old Manco said, meaning that the closure isn’t because of a rent increase. “It’s been 29 years and it’s retirement time.”

Good luck Carl. Thanks for your service and friendship over the years. They’re going to miss your T-Shirts.

Your friend,

Red

Hoops135@hotmail.com

 

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