Watch This ‘Yiddish Love Story’ at Dixon Place on Sunday

Posted on: March 11th, 2015 at 10:00 am by
This image has been archived or removed.

Here’s something heartwarming to tide you over ’til spring. Judy Schiller’s directorial debut, It Happened in Havana: A Yiddish Love Story is making its way to the Lower East Side. To Dixon Place on Chrystie Street, in fact.

The documentary embarks on two different journeys, sharing the childhood stories of Schiller’s parents, an elderly Jewish couple. Her mother resided in Poland before moving to Cuba, where she and her family were the only Jews in their town; her father grew up on the LES, where the street was the playground.

Their separate lives became forever entwined when they met in Cuba at the start of WWII. She didn’t speak English, he didn’t speak Spanish, so they fell in love by way of Yiddish. The trailer is filled with humorous affections that only a couple married for 61 years could exhibit, along with all sorts of rich archival footage from the 1920s through 1950s.

Over the last year, the film has made its way through the festival circuit, but the New York premiere will fittingly take place on March 15 at Dixon Place. Tickets are available here.

 

Recent Stories

Century-Old LaGuardia Bathhouse is Almost Gone [PHOTOS]

It sat vacant for four decades. Now, the long-abandoned LaGuardia Bathhouse is finished. A nub of its former self. Since our last checkup one month ago, the 1909 structure has lost most of its body. Removed brick by brick by men in cherry pickers. The mural on its western exposure – a depiction of Puerto […]

Dormant Red Mango on Allen Street Finally Gets a New Tenant

Red Mango closed its Lower East Side location on Allen Street four years ago. The space remained a dusty dormancy for the duration. Until this month; and henceforth, something completely unexpected. An interior decorator called APex New York that specializes in kitchen and bathroom fixtures. To be honest, this type of commercial occupant is not […]

Burned Out Black Seed Bagels Returns to Elizabeth Street on Thursday

Black Seed Bagels is finally ready to reopen its five-year-old flagship Elizabeth Street shop. The return comes five months after an early-morning fire tore through the establishment. The bagel outpost will resume hours at 170 Elizabeth on Thursday morning at 7am. On March 7, a fire sparked on-premise and knocked out the whole bagel operation. […]

After Years of Vacancy, Ernesto’s Spanish Restaurant Opening on East Broadway

Way down East Broadway, at the corner of Montgomery Street, an upscale corner tenant is entering the fray. This after five years of apparent on-and-off storefront warehousing by a controversial landlord. Eater had the scoop last week, revealing that Quality Eats executive chef, Ryan Bartlow, is opening a new restaurant here at 259 East Broadway. […]

Post-It Solidarity in Chinatown for Hong Kong Protesters

The splintered plywood on the perimeter of 282-286 Grand Street is now a makeshift statement of solidarity with protesters in Hong Kong. Within the last few days, a display of colorful Post-It notes appeared atop the weather-worn flybills, each with a message in Chinese or English. The stunt includes two small baskets stocked with stickies […]