Streit Family Matzo Factory Still Kicking on the LES

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The view of Streit's matzo factory from outside on Rivington Street
Looking for a silver lining to the economic downturn? Well, for one thing, Streit's is still making matzo at 150 Rivington on the Lower East Side, just as they have since 1925.

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Courtesy of Streit's
In 2007, the company, which is the only remaining family-owned and operated matzo-maker in the United States, put their building on the market for $25 million, planning to decamp to a less-cramped space in New Jersey. Some godawful glass condo was sure to take its place. But then real estate took a nose-dive, and the Streits decided to wait it out.

Aron and Nettie Streit immigrated from Austria to the United States in the 1890s, and opened a small matzo bakery on Pitt Street in 1916. In 1925, Aron, now joined by his sons, built the factory in a tenement building at Rivington and Suffolk, which is where it remains, at least for now.


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