Judaism

Inside Ideal Hosiery on a Rainy Sunday

Last modified March 18, 2010 at 7:38 am

Sunday afternoon, we stopped into Ideal Hosiery at 339 Grand Street to pick up a few items, and haggle with the shopkeep.  Stepping off the rain-soaked sidewalk, the interior was equally musty, yet welcoming nonetheless.

An Update on 225 East Broadway

Posted March 1, 2010 at 6:19 am

It was over a month ago that, in preparation for total demolition, 225 East Broadway was shrouded in the familiar dark worksite netting.  Now the task is nearly complete.  As of yesterday afternoon, the original four-story height is halved; open sky is now visible behind the veil of darkness.

Demolition of 225 East Broadway Underway

Last modified January 19, 2012 at 11:43 pm

Back in June 2007, Curbed reported that the Young Israel Synagogue HQ at 225 East Broadway was to be razed.  In its place, developers planned a new religious facility which would include, not surprisingly, the addition of condo units on the upper levels.  Now, nearly three years later, demolition of the four-story row of tenements […]

The Kletzker Brotherly Aid Association at 5 Ludlow

Posted December 28, 2009 at 6:27 am

Deep down at the southern terminus of Ludlow Street is a well-preserved old world building.  Its ornamentation, arched windows, and columns on the upper levels are quite exquisite.  Today, the unique structure at 5 Ludlow is headquarters of the Boe Fook Funeral Home, undertakers servicing the Chinese community.

The Slow Death of the New York Deli

Last modified December 3, 2009 at 5:58 pm

Today, The Independent (UK) takes a look at the slow death of the New York deli.  While Katz’s holds on by a thread in its threatened Ludlow Street location, others weren’t so lucky.  The article explores how such an icon of Jewish, and city life in general, remains under fire by skyrocketing rents and community […]

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 […]

Sukkot Sales on Essex Street

Last modified October 1, 2009 at 11:38 am

Each Autumn, in the days leading up to the Jewish festival of Sukkot, many in the local Orthodox community set up shop along Essex Street to sell the Lulav, Etrog, Hadass, and Aravah, the “four species” used to help celebrate the holiday.  Yesterday afternoon, a handful of vendors were stationed in and around Essex/Rutgers Street […]