General Nitemare: '30's, '40's, '50's Collectibles

  • Location: Brooklyn, NY
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Guido and others report that Barry has passed away. We called and found out that Barry died suddenly last spring of a heart attack in his sleep, but his business partners are keeping the store open. "It was a shock to all of us," they say.

Reader tips us off to General Nitemare: "For those of you who've never been to General Nitemare, it's basically a storefront warehouse stuffed (literally) from ceiling to floor with old furniture that the owner, a quirky guy named Barry Jetter, refurbishes and refinishes. He's got some really nice stuff-- I think that I might go back there next week and buy a coffee table" (SH).

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A little sleuthing around came up with these additional words: "Ask for just about anything, and the remarkable Jetter will fish it out of the crowded pile and personally refinish it for you. Among other items, I bought an affordable Heywood-Wakefield '40s vanity with a center glass slab, which he delivered to my place for free in his beat-up van. Plus, he threw in an antique eggbeater!" HC

The Village Voice: "Best Junk Shop 2004"

NY Daily News: Honorable mention for "Oldies but Goodies" shops in NYC 2004

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(Note: This is an update. First reviewed on 3.26.04)