Save the Deli

Slate.com: “Where Is the Schmaltz of Yesteryear?”

I know I said I wasn’t going to post anything until after the book was in, but my friend Brad Rubin at Chicago’s 11 City Diner emailed me the most wonderful article by journalist Ron Rosenbaum, which appeared on Slate.com just before the year’s end. Yes it concerns the 2nd Ave Deli, but read about the wider implications, especially near the end. This piece goes beyond the realm of simple nostalgia, into the very heart of why we love and need to save the deli.

Where Is the Schmaltz of Yesteryear? By Ron Rosenbaum
www.slate.com

When I first heard about the rebirth of the Second Avenue Deli, I had a feeling the place was stalking me. For years when I lived downtown, this pastrami palace—one of New York City’s last iconic, non-tourist-attraction temples of schmaltz (not the metaphoric kind but the liquid chicken fat that infuses so many of its dishes)—was a siren song.

For this nonobservant Jew it was perhaps the most tangible aspect of my Jewish identity, a Proustian connection to the vision of shtetl life one finds in Isaac Bashevis Singer’s work. Not just the food but the whole aura of the place, the locale in the heart of the former Yiddish theater district where you could find gold stars with the names of the one-time luminaries of that once thriving, now virtually vanished world, embedded—in imitation of the Hollywood Walk of Fame—in the gritty sidewalk of lower Second Avenue in front of the deli.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE REST OF THE ARTICLE ON SLATE.COM

2 Responses to “Slate.com: “Where Is the Schmaltz of Yesteryear?””

  1. Renda Bercher Says:

    I’ve been a fan of Apple for sometime, they produce products that is visually beautiful while working like a everytime I use it. Alot of companies aren’t able to say that, it’s typically one or the other. Tech companies don’t usually take aesthetics seriously like Apple. With that said I’ve got to say that I’m very excited about the upcoming Tablet. One thing I question though, is it too soon? I’m afraid that this may be ahead of our time. What do you think?

  2. Dane Skates Says:

    nvr discovered your website like this, relaly fascinated. compared to many other websites utilizing this type of information and facts this became definatly the ideal web site. will prove to add so that you can most favorite.

Leave a Reply

Close
E-mail It