NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — After 90 years on the Lower East Side, Streit’s Matzos is moving out.
“Emotionally, it’s very very sad,” fifth generation owner Aaron Gross told WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell. “It’s a magical place, when you open these doors now you’re stepping back in time.”READ MORE: Gov. Murphy Expected To Mandate Masks In New Jersey Schools This Fall For All Students K-12
The Streit’s factory is the oldest in the nation still churning out the unleavened flatbread that’s essential for Jewish holidays. About 2.5 million pounds of matzos were baked for Passover, which begins Friday, and distributed worldwide.
The bakery first opened during World War I, serving struggling Jewish immigrants. By 1925, the business moved to Rivington Street, where the operation remains housed in four six-story tenements.