It all started with John Henry Glaser. He opened Glaser’s Bake Shop in 1902 after moving to Yorkville from Germany, back when New York still had its Germantown. Over the past 116 years, Glaser’s has gone from a humble bread-making operation into a beloved neighborhood institution.
Nothing is forever, and it breaks our heart that Glaser’s will close on July 1.
Almost all the German cafes, restaurants, and beer halls in Yorkville are closed. Cafe Geiger. Rheinland Restaurant. Bavarian Inn and Bar. Cafe Hindenberg. Foresters Restaurant. Maxl’s. Bremen House. Cafe Wieneke. Once thriving businesses, now a memory.
But one German restaurant perseveres — Heidelberg Restaurant. It’s been in the same location for more than a century: 1648 2nd Avenue at 85th Street.
It’s been a little over a year since the Second Avenue subway opened. Since then, countless New Yorkers have christened the new line, maneuvering the morning rush with commuter efficiency and finally settling, chins pointed at their iPhones, into a triumphant sense that yes, there’s a new subway, and yes, my New York moment feels better.
Not a hair out of place. Not a button undone. Not a shoelace untied. A hat securely in place. Pristine white gloves. Pressed slacks. The Knickerbocker Greys.
This may not describe most boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 16, but when it comes to the Knickerbocker Greys Cadet Corps, that’s how it is. And they’ll be marching Thursday, 6 to 8 p.m., at the Armory.
Police at the 19th Precinct are hot on the trail of criminals who go “mail fishing.” What is mail fishing? It’s a crime where bad people steal mail from those blue U.S. Postal Service mailboxes in search of checks. The malefactors “wash” the ink off the checks, except for the check writer’s signature. They then write in their own “pay to” names and often amounts, and cash the checks.
Back in the ‘60’s, when I was a teenager and then a young adult, New York City was a big draw for certain young people, primarily or entirely because the drinking age was 18. It was, as now, 21 in New Jersey and Connecticut. New York raised it to 19 in 1982 and then to 21 in 1985, under pressure from the not-fun-loving Feds.
Edith Roth had wanted the intersection of Park Avenue and 57th Street renamed “Roth Corner” to honor the three generations of architects in her family whose designs, memorialized on this street corner, shaped so much of upper-class urbanism in New York. But other than a small plaque on the landmarked Ritz Tower, there is no civic tribute at 57th and Park to the architectural firm of Emery Roth and Sons, founded in 1902 by the then 32-year-old Hungarian Jewish immigrant.
East Siders who can strap on boots have a great opportunity to see the stunning Michelangelo exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art without having to negotiate six people standing between them and the works.