About Time Boutique created a beautiful screen print for posters (pictured above) and t-shirts at the Franklin Avenue Kids Day, and now, for a limited time only, you can pick up your very own shirt at their boutique on Franklin and Sterling in a variety of colors (and from the looks of their site, v-necks and crewnecks, too). Come and get 'em!
One block north, the Pana Store (which is primarily a shipping outlet for Franklin's Panamanian community, as documented in the third photo, above) now has its classic "Franklin Av" street sign t-shirt available in NYC street-sign green as well as the original Pana-pride red and white. I've been wearing the latter for about a year, and it never fails to elicit a response. I've met several neighbors on account of wearing it, and one guy even showed me his driver's license because his name was, in fact, Franklin, and he had just been walking on the Avenue. Most people are positive (far and away the most common comment is "I like that shirt" or some variant thereof"), though it occasionally brings unpleasant undertones to the surface. More than a few people have sniffed or snorted "Whatchyou know about Franklin Ave?" (with one guy adding "motherfucker" for good measure), and a few weekends back, an older man saw me in it and damn near exploded. "Franklin Ave? FRANKLIN AVE?!" he said, his eyes widening. "This ain't Howard Beach! This ain't Bensonhurst!" I couldn't think of much to say, so I just stammered "uh, right, it's Crown Heights," which led him to storm off muttering "Crown Heights, Crown Heights." All of which is to say, in a roundabout sort of way, that if you buy it, it can sometimes become more than a t-shirt, which is often but not always a good thing.