Yonah Schimmel

Report: Yonah Schimmel’s Says It’s Staying on East Houston

Posted January 29, 2015 at 5:12 am

Months of rumors to the contrary, Yonah Schimmel Knish Bakery is reportedly to remain at 137 East Houston. We have been hearing persistent chatter from locals about a possible closure and/or move since last November. Our latest intel had it that their landlord intended to boot the century-old lunch counter. “We’ve been here for over 100 […]

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Rumor: A Century Later, Yonah Schimmel’s Knishes May Close Due to Rent Hike

Last modified January 26, 2015 at 12:35 pm

Not even a month into 2015, and already the high-profile Lower East Side closures are stacking up. The greats are fading. Streit’s Matzo obviously comes to mind, with fifth-generation ownership having sold the Rivington Street factory after 90 years on the block. That teary goodbye – and subsequent relocation to New Jersey – is planned […]

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SNL Mourns ‘Old New York’ in Sketch About What We’ve Lost [VIDEO]

Posted November 17, 2014 at 11:00 am

Even Saturday Night Live has something to say about New York losing its soul. In the sketch “Old New York,” we watch a bunch of dudes (Taran Killam, Bobby Moynihan, Kenan Thompson) reminiscing over beers, wondering what happened to decent pizza, knishes, or hot dogs, and why beloved spots are replaced with “dog spas” and […]

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The 1970 Car Crash that Nearly Knocked Out Yonah Schimmel’s

Posted August 7, 2014 at 9:12 am

This photo, culled from the FDNY archive, is crazy. Over forty years ago to the day (August 1, 1970), twenty-three-year-old Brooklynite Robert Sackett crashed his 1962 Cadillac directly into the body of 214 Forsyth Street. He had been driving eastbound along Houston at 8am, colliding with “two trees and a hydrant as [the car] hurtled […]

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Jerry Stiller Spotted at Yonah Schimmel Knishes

Posted November 28, 2011 at 10:11 am

Jerry Stiller (nay, Frank Costanza) loves Yonah Schimmel’s.  Seriously, who doesn’t? The eighty-four-year-old actor was spotted ordering knishes yesterday afternoon by the folks over at Sidewalks of NY Walking Tours, who were conducting a food tour of the Lower East Side. [Photo Credit: Sidewalks of NY] Herewith, one of our favorite Jerry Stiller moments… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0p2GkR5Ibts&feature=related

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A Look at the New Book Naked City

Posted February 26, 2010 at 10:54 am

The website Popmatters reviews sociologist Sharon Zukin’s new book, Naked City: The Death and Life of Authentic Urban Places.  It is an examination which expounds on the lifetime work of activist Jane Jacobs.  Of how overdevelopment and gentrification are transforming, and often destroying, city neighborhoods.  Here are some excerpts from the article: Yonah Schimmel is […]

A Landmark Apology

Posted October 8, 2009 at 6:09 am

Taped to the door of 137 East Houston is this apology from the Landmark Sunshine Cinema.  The issue stems from a recent film screening gone awry with late-night noise problems.  Perhaps this is a fire drill of sorts in anticipation of next week’s premiere of I Kissed a Vampire. The poorly-proofed letter reads: “Dear Neighbors, […]

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Nike Cometh

Posted August 15, 2008 at 3:01 pm

The Gem Hotel at 135 East Houston is now shrouded in an obtrusive Nike banner-ad. In case memory eludes you, this was the former location of a Howard Johnson. Poor Yonah Shimmel, threatened with the passage of each day.