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It’s Another Passover without Streit’s Matzo on the Lower East Side

Last modified April 20, 2019 at 10:54 am

Now four years removed, and with a glassy monstrosity in its place, it’s actually crazy reminiscing that a fully fledged matzo factory operated on Rivington Street for ninety years. Ninety years until 2015. That year was the final Passover on the Lower East Side for the family-owned Streit’s Matzo. The next summer – in July […]

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Pickle Guys will Start Grinding Super Hot Passover Horseradish this Weekend

Posted March 16, 2018 at 5:03 am

Passover falls quite early this year – at the end of March – so the Pickle Guys are getting a head start on serving up their special sauce. Homemade super-hot horseradish ground onsite. Horseradish sales begin on Sunday (March 18) and will likely draw crowds. Expect the gas-masked grinder, as always, and a horde of […]

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Getting Ready for Passover on the Lower East Side, Circa 1932 [VIDEO]

Posted April 11, 2017 at 5:09 am

Ever wonder what it was like getting ready for Passover in the Lower East Side ghetto of 1932? This brief video clip – entitled “Erev (night of) Pesach in the Lower East Side” – is a hyperlocal history lesson. In it we see the hustle-bustle of preparations before the spring holiday. Shoppers rush to pick […]

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A Lower East Side Passover with the (Destroyed) Streit’s Matzo Factory [PHOTOS]

Last modified April 10, 2017 at 3:36 pm

Why is this Passover different from all other Passovers? This year, the old Streit’s Matzo Factory buildings are no longer in existence. A pile of rubble picked over by backhoes and Bobcats. They don’t call it the “bread of affliction” for nothing. As previously reported, The family-owned Streit’s Matzo sold 148-154 Rivington Street to Cogswell Realty […]

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With Passover Coming, Pickle Guys Start Grinding the ‘Super-Hot’ Horseradish

Posted March 31, 2017 at 5:11 am

The Pickle Guys are ready for Passover. Time has come for the handmade horseradish, which began selling from the newfangled takeout window earlier this week. However, the true annual sales launch kicks off Sunday. As in years past, a spectacle will likely ensue. Expect the usual sidewalk crowds, with gas-masked grinder and hordes of customers […]

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Hyperlocal Haggadah: The 10 Plagues of the Lower East Side this Passover

Last modified August 29, 2017 at 11:43 pm

Every year at the Passover seder table, participants recite the Ten Plagues that the almighty brought down on the Egyptians, who had enslaved the ancient Hebrews. But why not identify the plagues afflicting the neighborhood this spring. Inspired by an eight-year-old blog post of same by Jews for Racial & Economic Justice, we decided to compile […]

This Passover, the Streit’s Matzo Box is Forever Changed

Posted April 21, 2016 at 9:42 am

Here’s our fifth question… Why is this Passover different from all other Passovers? The simple answer is that the unleavened bread we eat this year has lost its Lower East Side connection. Indeed, the familiar Streit’s Matzo box sitting on your supermarket shelf now boasts an unfamiliar address. Gone is the text pimping 148-154 Rivington […]

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Pickle Guys will Grind ‘Super-Hot’ Passover Horseradish Starting Sunday

Posted April 7, 2016 at 9:29 am

You waited all year for this, so clear your calendars (and sinuses). The Pickle Guys on Essex Street will begin grinding fresh horseradish this Sunday ahead of the Passover holiday. Expect the usual sidewalk spectacle, with gas-masked grinder and queues of customers lining the sidewalk to partake. It’s usually worth the wait, though, should you […]

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Pickle Guys to Start Grinding ‘Super-Hot’ Passover Horseradish on Sunday

Posted March 17, 2015 at 9:28 am

It’s a spicy treat that only comes around once a year, and that time has arrived anew. Yes, the Pickle Guys of Essex Street are ready to grind fresh horseradish in anticipation of the Jewish holiday of Passover. The street spectacle – always fodder for photographers – is set to begin next Sunday (March 22). […]

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Passover Macaroon Season at Economy Candy

Posted April 11, 2014 at 11:00 am

Living in New York City, it’s easy to get spoiled by easy access to foods from all over the world, acquirable right outside one’s door at any hour of the day. But sometimes it’s more exciting to have to wait for holiday foods that only come around once a year. We swung by Economy Candy […]

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