Streit’s Matzo and the American Dream

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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PBS Picks up Streit’s Doc ‘Matzo and the American Dream’ for Annual Passover Telecast

Posted April 17, 2019 at 4:35 am

With Passover just a couple days away – and another season without Streit’s Matzo on Rivington Street – PBS announced that it’s picked up the documentary, Matzo and the American Dream. PBS will beam the venerable film around the country, from New York’s flagship station, WNET (Thirteen), to such far flung locales as Boise, Idaho. […]

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Streit’s Documentary is a Smash, Extended 2 More Weeks at Film Forum

Last modified April 29, 2016 at 7:25 am

The numbers are in, and the critically acclaimed documentary about Streit’s Matzo was a home run. In its short one-week residency at the Film Forum, intended to coincide with Passover, Streit’s: Matzo and the American Dream surpassed expectations. It became the highest grossing film at the movie house this past week. Due to the success, daily […]

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On its Final Night, Streit’s Doc Aims for Added Screenings Across the City

Posted April 26, 2016 at 4:35 pm

It seems the new documentary, Streit’s: Matzo and the American Dream, really struck a chord with local audiences. On the last day of its run at the Film Forum, filmmaker Michael Levine tells us that it’s been a great success. The screenings were all full. “Shows have been packed the last few days, which was […]

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Even the Mayor Didn’t Care About the Departure of Streit’s Matzo from the Lower East Side [VIDEO]

Posted April 22, 2016 at 11:37 am

Streit’s: Matzo and the American Dream, filmmaker Michael Levine’s documentary about the venerable family-owned matzo company that called the Lower East Side home for 90 years until 2015, arrived in theaters this week. Just in time for Passover. The film secured a week-long residency here at Film Forum, and is already racking up accolades (e.g. […]

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Edible Exhibit: Avenue A Gallery is Stuffed with Streit’s Matzo Ahead of Movie Premiere [PHOTOS]

Posted April 15, 2016 at 10:23 am

For the next three weeks, the Art on A gallery is an homage to Streit’s Matzo. And just in time for Passover. Filmmaker Michael Levine organized the gallery show dedicated solely to Streit’s Matzo, its nine-decade history, and deep relationship to the Lower East Side as a whole. It’s especially poignant given the company’s exodus from Manhattan […]

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Filmmaker Launches Streit’s Matzo Gallery Exhibit on Avenue A this Week

Posted April 11, 2016 at 8:47 am

Passover is coming, and Streit’s Matzo is again the topic of conversation. In anticipation of the Jewish holiday, imminent demolition of the matzo factory, and release of Matzo and the American Dream, documentary filmmaker Mike Levine has curated an eponymous gallery show for the subject matter. “Matzo and the American Dream: The Exhibition” launches at […]

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Unleavened Irony: Streit’s Doc Release and Factory Demolition Happening Over Passover

Posted March 31, 2016 at 9:33 am

Call it a case of unleavened irony. Demolition of the Streit’s Matzo factory and release of the long-in-production documentary on its life will both transpire this Passover. Through three long years and the departure of its subject matter from the Lower East Side, the feature-length documentary, Streit’s: Matzo and the American Dream, is finally set to […]

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Documentary About Streit’s Matzo Scores Festival Run Just Before the Lower East Side Departure

Posted January 30, 2015 at 10:18 am

The Streit’s Matzo factory only has a few months left on the Lower East Side, the neighborhood it called home for ninety years. After Passover – concluding April 11 – it’s all she wrote. In the end, it was filmmaker Michael Levine and producer Michael Green who chronicled the final years of the matzo-makers at […]

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Revisiting the Original Pitt Street Location of Streit’s Matzo Factory [PHOTOS]

Posted January 9, 2015 at 10:00 am

Still grappling with the recent development that Streit’s Matzo is under contract to sell its longtime Lower East Side headquarters, we figured it apropos to revisit (i.e. re-post) a previous story about its origins. The factory wasn’t always located at 148-154 Rivington Street. In fact, the business was born at 65 Pitt. Below is the […]

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