Quest: For Old New York, Revisited

Today I’m re-sharing a post from 2016.  I was curious to know if these businesses had managed to hang on since, and I was happy to confirm that Yonah’s and Block’s have.


A walk around New York’s Lower East Side and East Village never disappoints.  Surprises abound.  Perhaps the most surprising for me during a recent walk there is that in the midst of constant change, gentrification and “progress”, there are some locals clearly on a quest to remain the same.  Old New York lives on through their businesses–this is no easy task in our city.

In addition Yonah’s Knishery and Block Drug Store shown below, my quest took me to a Polish butcher shop, two antiques stores and past an old Dairy Restaurant, so named for it’s adherence to Kosher provisions regarding serving dairy and meat products in the same area.

Yonah Schimmel’s Knishery, Established 1911
Old New York Favorites the Knish and the Egg Cream are Joined Here by Borscht
Block’s Drug Store- a True Time Warp
Memorabilia at Yonah’s

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