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Jun 11, 2007 02:09 PM

Gertel's closing June 22

I stopped by Gertel's yesterday, and they had just put up signs saying it will be closing on June 22. They are relocating to Williamsburg.

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  1. Gertel's is the only decent bakery down on LES. At one time there were many bakeries & kosher deli's now you can't find either one that is really good. The neighborhood is really changing day by day.

    1. No kidding, that's a long trip to get my marble cake. Been going there off and on for 35 years.

      1. They will not be retail in Williamsburg. Only wholesale and also I gather available maybe online. Katz's is closing also according to rumor.

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        1. re: dawnfawn

          The rumor about Katz is just that -- a rumor.

          1. re: RGR

            So sad, so sad. What is becoming of our fair NYC? It used to be that NYC was known for its unique culture, including the variety of ethnic foods. Losing Gertel's is one more step toward the homogenization of New York.

        2. Yeah, we're all sad yadda yadda...but when was the last time you bothered to shlep over there- and when you or I did, how many rugelach can you buy at a time? Gotta face the reality of a business like that. And Katz' will probably close some day too, unless the tourist trade keeps it alive.

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          1. re: addictedtolunch

            I don't think it's an issue of how much business they're doing. It's that they were offered too good a deal to pass up--for the real estate. A condo development bought them out.

            1. re: traceybell

              That is, to my knowledge, completely unsubstantiated.

              1. re: traceybell

                my cousin is a former partner-owner of gertels. he sold out to the current owners back in the 80's,but stayed on as an employee until he passed away . you are absolutely right-the real estate market is so hot down there that they were made an offer they couldnt refuse,plus most of the jewish community-or whats left of it on the LES- is in decline.i didnt hear anything about williamsburg but sincerely hope its true.

              2. re: addictedtolunch

                To Addictedtolunch: How about twice a week to buy the best challah in NY. And it was never a "schlep" as you put it. Sorry if you couldn't make it there on the regular from LI, NJ, or whatever suburb you live in. There are actually Manhattan residents who made Gertel's a regular stop.

                1. re: fsd1116

                  Granted, that's where the business kept coming from (actually, I work in the area and never came from a "suburb"). But you gotta admit the core population constituency has become diluted, and business wasn't likely to be brisk enough to withstand the pressures on the business from real estate market/taxes, other other opportunity and business costs etc. There's a difference between a "destination" store (which Katz' still is and hopefully will stay if they manage things right) and a neighborhood store.

                  1. re: addictedtolunch

                    They are still baking commercially somewhere in Brooklyn, and will still be distributed to local stores.

                    The only difference is they will not have a storefront anymore.

                    You can get the baked goods at your local kosher mart, Fairway or Zabars.

                    Yes, money from real estate development has enticed them to sell.

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