My latest query is a request for help researching Jewish businesses, neighborhood by neighborhood, beginning with the East Side. Here there was an array of independent business on several streets. On Jefferson at various times, names like Levy Leather Store, A. Wunder, Lang Dairy, and Lang Brewery come to mind.
On Sycamore, services and stores included Kotok Fish, Scheitzer Shoe Store, Ediuson Butcher, Morrison Pharmacy, Hasselback Cheese Co. , Rich Ice Cream, Gelman Scrap, Brock Scrap, Shumsky’s, Meyer’s Shoe Store, Hirsch Pharmacy, Sutanik Meats and Pleskow Pharmacy. Can you add more information about these names, or any others?
William Street was even more varied, with familiar names that included Silverstein’s, Abrams Pharmacy, Ulman’s Dairy, Brown Meats, Elkins Fish, Weintraub Clothing, Steinhart’s, Block’s Bakery, Weber Cleaners and Kulick Grocery. What other businesses do you remember?
On Broadway and surrounding there was Sattler’s, Posmantur’s, Kobacker’s , Golden’s, Broadway Market, several bakeries, Berkoff’s Fish, Loonsk Cleaners, Zolte Furniture among others. These names represent a fraction of former services offered on the East Side. Can you extend these lists, and more centrally, provide further information?
Next week, I’ll focus on Humboldt, but in the mean time, can you share your stories by contacting Chana Kotzin at: 716-204-5388, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also write to: Dr. Chana Kotzin at the Bureau of Jewish Education, 2640 North Forest Road, Suite 400, Getzville, NY 14068.