Yonah Schimmel, 137 East Houston.
Here’s a follow-up on the situation at Yonah Schimmel, the century-old knishery at 137 East Houston Street. Co-owner Ellen Anistratov told us the big East Houston Street reconstruction project has been devastating to her business, which is heavily reliant on customers driving to the store. Now we hear the city has worked out a temporary solution.
As we reported yesterday, City Councilmember Margaret Chin’s office has been trying to help Yonah Schimmel and had been in contact with the Department of Transportation and the Department of Design and Construction, which is overseeing the street project. . A short time ago, her communications director, Kelly Magee, told us the city plans to establish two temporary 8 a.m.-6 p.m. “no parking” spaces on the east side of Forsyth, just a few feet from the shop’s Houston Street storefront.
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.
There’s always lots of kvetching about Yonah Schimmel, “not what it used to be.” But they’re still doing what they’ve done since 1910 — churning out soft, handmade knishes — 14 varieties to suit every taste.
137 East Houston, near 1st Avenue
Hours Sun-Thu, 9am-7pm; Fri-Sat, 9am-10pm