Making Matzo in the Lower East Side

Last year, Streit's closed its 90-year-old matzo factory on the Lower East Side of New York City. The Rivington Street location that produced unleavened bread for the Passover holiday had been a hallmark of the one-time Jewish enclave, alongside mainstays like Russ & Daughters and Katz's Deli. Filmmaker Michael Levine documented the family-owned company's final year in their original location, capturing the unique ovens, odd architecture, and personalities before the matzo makers moved to their new Rockland County location. His film, Streit’s: Matzo and the American Dream, premieres this week and to mark the occasion, he has shared select images from the company's archive with The Atlantic.

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