in a slowly bustling part of crown heights off classon, park delicatessen opened up this past year with an appealing mix of skateboards combined with fresh flowers and some super cute general goods that the owners collect and even make. set in what had been a real delicatessen 50 years ago, the recycled space shows off some original storefront signage and the back of the shop has some of the old coolers where vintage skateboards are on display.
owned and operated by a young family who have lived on the same block as their shop, park delicatessen is first and foremost dedicated to the serious skateboarder. the dad michael sciafani has been skating since 7th grade, and already has his 14-month old is already on wheels. park delicatessen has a well-curated bunch of brands like anti hero, krooked and real which are some of the most popular. It also focuses on smaller, often locally based brands and is also the only store that carries deathwish, founded by a couple of baker boys alums. That brand has been helping park delicatessen out by offering the shop a better deal to compete with some of the online pricing. the shop also offers full service skateboard repairs and has been known to organize some skate jams in the neighborhood.
the general goods section, while small, is selective and very appealing. park delicatessen always has a bunch of glass jars on offer that sell from $6 to $10 or so for the smaller ones, and whatever they have on stock tends to sell out by the end of the week. other items can include wooden hangars for $5 each, vintage tin signs and even coca cola long necks. michael’s wife val leung is quite crafty , and she and her cousin have been contributing hand made pillows and knitted sweaters to the collection. my favorite items were the super adorable and best present ever of house slippers made from antique kimonos that sell for $42.
when i visited park delicatessen several weeks ago, val was just finishing up her fall season of tie-dye t-shirts in some nice rustic colors just in time for the cooler weather. she has been designing lots of cute shirts to go with all the skating attire. now it’s true that i really don’t know a thing about skating, but maybe the kids will show some interest at some point, and at a minimum it will always be worthwhile to see what kinds of glass bottles and hand made goodies are on offer at this cute general store. park delicatessen, 533 park place at classon street, brooklyn, new york, 718.789.8889.