One Last Look Inside the Streit’s Matzo Factory Before it’s Gone Forever [PHOTOS]

Posted on: August 4th, 2016 at 9:22 am by
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To peer into the Streit’s Matzo factory these days is an eerie sight. The nose is no longer tickled by the sublime scents of baking dough, but rather assaulted by the musty onslaught of crumbled brick and cement. It feels very much like a spooky graveyard.

Demolition of the century-old buildings comprising 148-152 Rivington Street officially commenced several weeks ago – sidewalk shed has been in place for months – and now the results are in. The photos posted here show the extent of damage on the ground floor. This is where Streit’s employees would grab the freshly baked matzo from the oven’s conveyor (was 900 degrees) and place it in the hanging baskets that moved along a track system. The remnants were discarded curbside.

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That equipment still sits in the ruined room.

So, it’s only a matter of time before this glass monstrosity invades the block. As previously reported, there will be 45 one-, two-, and three-bedroom condos for sale, including four duplexes penthouses on the seventh/eighth floor. Prices are listed at $995,000, $1.7 million, $2.75 million, and $3.8 million respectively. Building amenities include bike room, gym, laundry, storage, and rooftop terrace with outdoor fireplace and kitchen.

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The family-owned Streit’s Matzo Factory finally surrendered to real estate pressures in January 2015, and sold the Rivington Street buildings to Cogswell Realty for $30.5 million. (A prior deal to sell the properties for $25 million fell through in 2008.) They’ve since purchased a new facility in Rockland County, which is the new headquarters for matzo production. Always remember that not even the mayor really cared that this institution was departing the city after more than ninety years.

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