Forgotten Foods of NYC

Series produced by Anne Noyes Saini

Caption: The Rice Bowl, NYC, 1950., Credit: Marcella Dear, Museum of Chinese in America.
Image by: Marcella Dear, Museum of Chinese in America. 
The Rice Bowl, NYC, 1950. 

Longtime New Yorkers recall family cooking traditions, foods from home lost to immigration, and NYC's bygone era of milkmen, wandering produce sellers, automats, and soda fountains.

In this ongoing audio project, longtime New Yorkers recall family cooking traditions, foods from home lost to immigration, and NYC's bygone era of milkmen, wandering produce sellers, automats, and soda fountains.

These may be forgotten to most of us, but they are still alive in these New Yorkers' memories.

See also coverage of this project on:
NPR's "The Salt" food blog: www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/…out-wasnt-always-in

Narratively: http://narrative.ly/hidden-history/forgotten-foods-of-new-york/

The New School's "Food in 2 Worlds": fi2w.org/2013/03/26/food-in-2…ycs-forgotten-foods/

The Third Coast International Audio Festival: http://thirdcoastfestival.org/library/1264-appetite-for-home-bitter-sweet-memories-of-learning-to-cook-eat-in-america


13 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: Olga Colon., Credit: Photo by Emon Hassan, courtesy of Narratively.
In this short documentary, longtime New Yorkers recall family cooking traditions and foods from home lost to immigration.

  • Added: May 28, 2013
  • Length: 02:52
Caption: Hilda Baumol (left) and Monte Malach (right)., Credit: Photo by Emon Hassan, courtesy of Narratively.
Longtime New Yorkers recall a bygone era of NYC when eating out was a rare luxury, and eateries that vanished long ago -- automats, Nedick's (hot d...

  • Added: May 28, 2013
  • Length: 02:13
Caption: Paul J. Hintersteiner (left) and Debra Klaber (right)., Credit: Photo by Emon Hassan, courtesy of Narratively.
Longtime New Yorkers recall cooking and food shopping in NYC's bygone era of milk and ice delivery men, ice boxes, horse-drawn fruit and vegetable ...

  • Added: May 28, 2013
  • Length: 02:18
Caption: Margot Karp., Credit: Photo courtesy of Margot Karp.
Margot Karp, 86, moved with her family to Washington Heights, Manhattan, in 1939 to escape Nazi Germany. Karp has fond memories of her mother's str...

  • Added: May 28, 2013
  • Length: 03:04
Caption: Paul J. Hintersteiner. , Credit: Photo by Emon Hassan, courtesy of Narratively.
Paul J. Hintersteiner, of Washington Heights, Manhattan, describes food shopping and home cooking during his childhood in Yorkville's large German ...

  • Added: Mar 07, 2013
  • Length: 01:14
Caption: The Rice Bowl, NYC, 1950., Credit: Marcella Dear, Museum of Chinese in America.
Bonnie Sue Pokorny, 66, of Forest Hills, Queens, recalls her grandmother's stuffed cabbage. It's a dish she loves, but it's too difficult for her t...

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Jan 18, 2013
  • Length: 01:56
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Debra Klaber (right) and Paul J. Hintersteiner (left). , Credit: Photo by Emon Hassan, courtesy of Narratively.
Debra Klaber, 60, of Washington Heights, Manhattan, recalls her mother's Eastern European baking traditions -- which she has passed down to her dau...

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  • Added: Jan 18, 2013
  • Length: :48
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: The Rice Bowl, NYC, 1950., Credit: Marcella Dear, Museum of Chinese in America.
Nurys Ortiz, 58, of Washington Heights, left the Dominican Republic ("DR") to work in a NYC factory when she was 17 years old. Ortiz started cooki...

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  • Added: Jan 18, 2013
  • Length: 01:28
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Photograph from The Rice Bowl, NYC, 1950. , Credit: Photo courtesy of Marcella Dear, Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) Collection.
Nancy Soong, 90, of Battery Park City, Manhattan, recalls the foods of her childhood in Hong Kong.

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  • Added: Jan 18, 2013
  • Length: 02:04
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Olga Colon., Credit: Photo by Emon Hassan, courtesy of Narratively.
Olga Colon, 86, of Manhattan's Lower East Side, arrived in New York City -- from Puerto Rico -- when she was 18 years old. Over the years Colon ma...

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  • Added: Jan 18, 2013
  • Length: 02:08
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Photograph from The Rice Bowl, NYC, 1950. , Credit: Photo courtesy of Marcella Dear, Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) Collection.
Christina Lam, 68, of Chinatown, Manhattan, grew up in Hong Kong and moved to New York to work in a garment factory on East Broadway. She recalls h...

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  • Added: Jan 18, 2013
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Hilda Baumol., Credit: Photo by Emon Hassan, courtesy of Narratively.
Hilda Baumol, 89, of Battery Park City, Manhattan, recalls the automat and a memorable (and long-shuttered) New York City restaurant chain, Childs.

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  • Added: Jan 18, 2013
  • Length: 01:56
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Monte Malach. , Credit: Photo by Emon Hassan, courtesy of Narratively.
Monte Malach, 85, of Battery Park City, Manhattan, remembers a time when soda fountains occupied any busy street corner in New York City.

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Jan 18, 2013
  • Length: 01:07
  • Purchases: 1