Schmulka Bernstein

Growing up on the Lower East Side with the Real Schmulka Bernstein, My Grandfather

Last modified December 22, 2017 at 8:37 am

The following guest piece was written by Michele Clark, granddaughter of the real Schmulka Bernstein.  My grandfather Schmulka Bernstein owned and ran a kosher butcher store (Schmulka Bernstein Kosher Meats and Provisions) and factory smokehouse on Rivington Street, between Essex and Ludlow, from the 1930s until 1964. He was noted for, among other things, the guaranteed […]

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Deli, Wine, and Candy: How One Photo Captures Classic LES Stores at Their Height [HISTORY]

Last modified March 10, 2016 at 10:50 pm

This photo from 1954 perfectly encapsulates the immigrant Lower East Side of the middle twentieth century. Everything about it is great, from the legendary businesses to the peddlers and fedora-wearing elder photobombing the foreground. You’re looking at the northwest corner of Rivington and Essex Streets. Bernstein’s Delicatessen (#110) is sandwiched between Lipschutz Kosher Wines (#112) […]

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NYC Cult Classic ‘Last Dragon’ Celebrates 30th Anniversary with Screening Next Week

Posted June 4, 2015 at 10:31 am

Sho’nuff, the NYC cult classic Last Dragon is returning to theaters for limited engagement. Tribeca Cinemas on Varick Street is screening the so-bad-it’s-good Berry Gordy film for one night only to celebrate its thirtieth anniversary. (The anniversary actually happened in March) As we’ve previously noted, Last Dragon filmed scenes around the Lower East Side, including a […]

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Seth Rogen’s Christmas Comedy Taking Over 169 Bar Until Friday

Posted August 19, 2014 at 10:08 am

Seth Rogen’s new film, Xmas, will take over (and shut down) 169 Bar for the remainder of the week. Film shoot for the Christmas comedy is headquartered here until Thursday evening. Owner Charles Hanson tells us he hopes to reopen Friday at 6pm. Meanwhile, the same movie was filming at Congee Village on Allen Street yesterday. […]

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Boogie Rewind: When Schmulka Bernstein’s Ruled Essex Street

Last modified December 24, 2012 at 10:12 am

Jews eating Chinese food on Christmas is a tradition forged on the Lower East Side of yore. So, on this eve of Christmas, it’s fitting to republish our story about Schmulka Bernstein’s on Essex.

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When Schmulka Bernstein’s Ruled Essex Street

Last modified November 6, 2015 at 5:08 pm

These days, it’s comical commonplace that Jews eat Chinese food on Christmas. But this marriage of cultures was actually forged long ago in the immigrant society on the Lower East Side.

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