Sport Prospect sporting goods store to close

Sport Prospect in Park Slope, a popular local stop for custom sports apparel and athletic equipment, is throwing in the towel after nearly three decades in business.



Customers at the Seventh Avenue shop include Little League baseball players, school sports teams and Mayor Bill de Blasio.



Owners Carl and Anthony Manco, both in their 60s, say they want to hang up their cleats and retire.



"No one wants to get old you know," Carl Manco says. "Derek Jeter, Peyton Manning, Kobe [Bryant], they all wanted to go on -- so do I -- but if you can't give 100 percent, it's time to hang them up."



The closure comes after the Brooklyner newspaper reported that six other area stores were driven out of the neighborhood by rising rents in the past few months. The Mancos said that was not the case in their situation.


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