Lower East Side Judaica Vet ‘Ziontalis’ Leaves NYC for Florida

Posted March 18, 2014 at 10:02 am

Ziontalis hasn’t been part of the Lower East Side Fabric since 1997, when the Judaica shop relocated to the garment district. It left behind a tenement storefront at 48 Eldridge Street, which had been its headquarters since the very beginning. Since 1920, when founding patriarch Samuel Yaroslawitz began manufacturing and importing/exporting Judaica to/from New York […]

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‘Ben Ari Arts’ Judaica Store Shutters, Residential Conversion on the Way

Last modified April 3, 2015 at 10:13 am

In March 2010, the Ben Ari Arts Judaica store celebrated a half-century at 11 Avenue A (it opened five years earlier at 201 Allen Street). Now four years later, the store is shuttered; it subsequently relocated to Cedarhurst (530 Central Avenue). Store proprietor Yakov Melmed cashed out, selling the entire building he owned to Better Living […]

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Discovering a Long Lost Kiddush Cup from the Kletzker Brotherly Aid Association

Posted February 13, 2013 at 11:11 am

Last night, we fielded an email from a giddy reader about a recent find. “History rescued from the great melt,” he wrote with excitement.

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Ethik Clothing Opening Flagship at Former 23 Essex Street Judaica Store

Posted July 23, 2012 at 6:48 am

Needless to say, efforts to preserve Israel Judaica were certainly futile. The store is now closed. In its place, however, is a familiar sight.

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Second Life for Endangered Israel Judaica Shop on Essex

Posted April 5, 2012 at 6:09 am

Now one of the last Judaica stores on the Lower East Side is gaining a second chance thanks to a capital injection from a real estate baron

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Clayton Patterson Fundraising for “Jews, a People’s History of the Lower East Side”

Last modified July 3, 2012 at 7:51 am

Ever the neighborhood historical documentarian, Clayton Patterson has an ambitious new literary project in the works called Jews, a People’s History of the Lower East Side. More after the jump!

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Recap: Egg Rolls & Egg Creams Festival

Last modified June 7, 2010 at 7:50 am

Way down at the terminus of Eldridge Street, where old-world Judaism meets modern-day Chinatown, hordes gathered yesterday afternoon to celebrate the 10th annual Egg Rolls & Egg Creams Festival.  Amidst the balmy weather, it was a celebration of two delicious traditional treats.

Ziontalis and Eldridge Street

Last modified November 12, 2009 at 6:42 pm

Not too long ago, we were flipping through the pages of some old photo albums (remember those?), and stumbled upon one of interest.  A picture of Judaica shop Ziontalis at its onetime headquarters at 48 Eldridge Street, between Hester and Canal.  It was shot in the fall of 1994, a few years before the company […]