Slowly but surely, Old Timey Jewish institutions on Manhattan’s Lower East Side are giving way to the yuppies, frat boys and Wall Street assholes who are moving into the neighborhood in droves. The remnants of what was once the epicenter of Jewish life in North America are being driven out by simple demographics and insanely skyrocketing property values. The latest victim is the Streit’s Matzo factory on Rivington which is moving to New Jersey after an 80-year residency. The building it’s in is on the market. Asking price? $25 million. Shortly some property developer is probably going to put up yet another ugly luxury tower, totally out of sync with the area. Well moneyed buyers, probably Europeans given the current state of the economy and the US Dollar, will be drawn to the colorful and artistic LES whose charm and loveliness they, ironically, are helping displace and ultimately destroy. But that’s progress eh?
Nextbook, brings us a podcast on the matter:
The popular matzo will still appear in supermarkets each spring, alongside the macaroons and chocolate-covered jelly rings. But the family-run factory on Rivington Street is a landmark, and patrons who remember lining up outside its small storefront for their seder supply will be sorry to see it go. And so, during what might be Streit’s final Passover production run in the neighborhood, we sent Sean Cole to take a look at how the operation works.
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Sigh. At least we still have Yonah Schimmel’s Knishery.