Inside Buzz-a-Rama, the Last Slot Car Raceway in New York City
Buzz-a-Rama in Brooklyn NY – the last slot car raceway in New York City – is featured on “Untapped New York”
Jan 15, 2020
Buzz-a-Rama is one of those idiosyncratic New York City mom and pop shops you hope will never close. It has the added distinction of being the last slot car raceway in New York City, originally just one of several dozen operating across the five boroughs. Buzz-a-Rama was opened in 1965 by Frank “Buzz” Perri, the 83-year-old proprietor who still holds court behind the counter at the Kensington, Brooklyn institution. Like most native New Yorkers, he feigns a grumpiness at first but is quickly willing to tell his story. His wife, Dolores Perri, is a nutritionist but helps out at Buzz-a-Rama, showing children and adults how the slot cars work. Both grew up in the neighborhood.
There’s no sign above the roll-down gates at 69 Church Avenue, so on the days that Buzz-a-Rama is closed, you would never know it was there. There are five slot car courses inside with eight tracks each. Colorful swivel benches and chairs (some with steering wheels!) are situated around each course. A big banner says “WELCOME RACING FANS!” Part of the space is dedicated to old school video games and pin ball machines, perfect for the birthday parties they host at Buzz-a-Rama. The “Refueling Center” in the back is a set of three vending machines for snacks and drinks.
Buzz-a-Rama – Brooklyn New York – photo by Michelle Young – Untapped New York