Sunday, January 25, 2009

Long live Buzz-a-Rama

Sunday's New York Times featured an article about one of Kensington's most celebrated (and quirky) businesses. I'm still hoping to see Buzz-a-Rama open one day. I assume I'm a slot-car prodigy and will continue to do so until proven wrong.

Here's a snippet from
Most fads can survive one assault from the next big thing, or maybe two — but 44 years later, Buzz-a-Rama is hanging on, if barely, in the face of several generations’ worth of electronic competition. Coin-operated video games were the first threat. Radio-controlled cars. Computer games. Games on iPhones. Wii. Mr. Perry, now 73 and still known as Buzz, said 30 or 40 other slot-car tracks were operating in the city in the late 1960s, but so far as he knows, Buzz-a-Rama is the last of its kind in the five boroughs.
Read more here and seriously, try to get over to Buzz's if you can. I know I will.
Thanks to Patrick for being the first to tip us off to this.

Update: I got into Buzzy's today and the place was rockin! A local news team was in there covering the high speed action and said there would be a full story on at 10pm. If you get News 12 Brooklyn, be sure to tune in for the fun. If, on the other hand, you're like me, maybe someone will TiVo it for you...