269 Electronics

 Uncategorized  Add comments
Sep 162009


On the way home from work today I stopped by 269 Electronics in Chinatown. From the outside this looks like a typical Canal Street junk store, with a big spread of knockoff watches, perfume, mp3 players, etc. on display. However in the back they have a special counter area devoted to electronic components. One wall was covered with electrolytic capacitors and diodes in blister packs. The clerk I spoke to said they had other discrete components, like transistors and resistors, in an array of drawers in the back. He pulled out an NTE catalog for me to look through when I asked them what they stocked. They also had bins of various loose connectors, copper-plated PCBs, perf board, battery holders, multimeters, Velleman kits, and lots of other odds and ends on display. Bottom line: it’s not exactly Fry’s, but for hardware hackers in New York City, it’s definitely on the short list of places to get parts when you can’t wait for an overnight delivery from DigiKey or Mouser. Check it out yourself sometime:

269 Electronics Inc.
269 Canal St.
New York, NY 10013

(212) 625-0405
Open Monday-Saturday 10:00 am – 6:30 pm

More photos after the break:







It looks like Phil Torrone of Make Magazine posted some of his own pics last year on the Make Blog.

  • u___u… I would like to have one of this… In france, we must to go on Paris, Dijon, or another great town to find details… Personally, i'm using e-bay *Q*

    ++ Tix.

  • TK

    I wish I could find a place like this in Chicago…

  • Tk, take a look at http://pumpingstationone.org/ – they're a hackerspace in Chicago 🙂

    http://hackerspaces.org also maintains a list of other spaces like ours worldwide

  • Name

    269 canal is of my favorite electronics spots in NYC and it is close to pearl paint and the few remaining plastics stores.

  • Great blog. I am new to Resistor world. I just started working for Riedon. Please visit our website. We are the leaders in precision and power resistor and special made resistors. Let me know if we can be any help.
    I just go our blog running ..feel free to visit us:

    Our website: http://www.riedon.com
    blog: http://www.riedoninc.blogspot.com

  • bD

    is there anyplace else in ny like this? i actually went here and they really didn't have much.

  • Nice hardware/supplies store in the city.

  • I lost this place!! forgot how to get to it! thank you so much, i haven't seen the old guy in years…

  • I lost this place!! forgot how to get to it! thank you so much, i haven't seen the old guy in years…

  • This is so interested! Where can I find more like this?

  • Derek

    I hit this place up a few weeks ago. I would never have known about it without this blog, thanks!

    Only problem for me was that they were clean out of the 1/4W resistors I needed somehow,I had to spring for the 1/2's

  • Pingback: Radio Row « Alain De Carolis()

  • And speaking of journalists, what do they do when they pick up or receive expensive press kits? They throw them away, but they do keep valuable information like booklets and white papers. As a senior editor and editor-in-chief for data storage magazines.

  • Peter Kunz

    Hi Guys,

    I am looking for a talented person that can put together some electronics for me. I will tell you what I want to build and you give me your estimate for the work.
    Call Peter 646-552-5917 or mail me.

    I do appreciate every contact.
    Thank you,

  • Peter Kunz

    Hi Guys,
    I am looking for a talented person that can put together some electronic components for me. 
    Please contact me if you are interested. I will explain what it should be and you give me an estimate for your work.
    Please call 646-552-5917 or email me.

  • Allan Peda

    This is the old Sylvan Wellington electronics store location. No doubt they inherited inventory when they moved in. Sad that none of the old electronic and surplus stores from the area remain.