Carnage at Streit’s Matzo Factory (or, How Half a Block of Rivington Street is Demolished)
Pause for a moment and inhale the sad state of Streit’s Matzo Factory. A backhoe currently sits on its rubbled remains. This is what it takes to take down history.
The north side of Rivington Street between Suffolk and Clinton is amidst absolute change. Tenements that stood here for a hundred years are being demolished for the purpose of new construction. Streit’s Matzo Factory is gone, and ABC No Rio is in exile.
Three weeks before Passover, the original Streit’s Matzo factory – headquartered at 148-154 Rivington for more than ninety years – is now bulldozed to a fraction of its original height. Four-wheel demolition vehicles drive on the debris daily to finish the job. But it’ll take a while – apparently slated for completion next fall.
There is also some buyer hype circulating the new 150 Rivington development. “It is a vibrant, young, fun, cool, hip place,” a doctor from Chappaqua, who’s in contract to purchase a $3.7 million retirement penthouse at the Streit’s-replacing condo, told the Wall Street Journal in a profile on the area’s influx of new monied residents.
Meanwhile, just next door, ABC No Rio remains on the sidelines while its building is dismantled. The arts collective owns the property and is gearing up for the construction of a new “passive house” on the spot.