101-Year Old Yonah Schimmel Endangered by East Houston Reconstruction

Yonah Schimmel, 137 East Houston. Photo by thelodowny.com.

Yonah Schimmel, the legendary knish shop, has survived the Great Depression, years of gentrification and many other difficulties in its 101 year history. It remains to be seen whether the historic business, one of the last remaining Jewish retail establishments on the Lower East Side, will also survive the reconstruction of East Houston Street.

The huge project, which is scheduled to be finished in the summer of 2013, has been tough on a lot of businesses, stretching from the Bowery to FDR Drive.  Last week Ellen Anistratov, who owns the knish shop with her father, told us why the torn up street is not just an inconvenience for Yonah Schimmel, but possibly a permanent business killer.

NYC Knish Crawl Tonight

The popular yet reluctant hosts of NYC Food Crawl are presenting an autumn Knish Crawl this evening. They write:  Originally brought to the Lower East Side by Russian immigrants, the knish is now a New York deli favorite. Potato, spinach, and buckwheat are among the varieties available for your tasting pleasure. And they’re vegetarian. We’ll be visiting some of the folks who make the city’s best knish. Come taste and rate your favorite knishes. Go at your own pace, and pay as you go.